Text Linguistics of Qur’anic Discourse: An Analysis

TEXT LINGUISTICS OF QUR’ANIC DISCOURSE
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 Text Linguistics Of Quranic Discourse
  • Book Author:
Hussein Abdul-Raof
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383
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About the book – Text Linguistics of Qur’anic Discourse

Text Linguistics of Qur’anic Discourse is an in-depth investigation of the fabric of Qur’anic discourse. It unravels the texture of the macro Qur’anic text; its cohesion and coherence systems; the notions of intertextuality, semantic relatedness, and thematic sequentiality; the macro textual features of ellipsis, repetition, and argumentation structure; and the contextual, co-textual, grammatical, and semantic factors involved in the macro Qur’anic text.

 This book is a valuable and methodologically consistent learning and teaching academic resource for universities worldwide in this intriguing new discipline.

Through its methodologically coherent discussion and in-depth analysis that is hinged upon modern European text linguistics, Text Linguistics of Qur’anic Discourse provides an insight into the newly established discipline of text linguistics and explores the different layers of the macro Qur’anic text as an academic requirement. Hussein Abdul-Raof (formerly Leeds University) is a Professor of Linguistics and Translation Studies, Department of Languages and Translation, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia.

Rationale

Qur’anic text linguistics is a new academic discipline. There have been no publica- tions either in Arabic or in English on this discipline in a book form. Lack of such a book constitutes a research gap in this intriguing new discipline which will be of value to Qur’anic and Islamic studies, Qur’anic exegesis, Arabic studies, European theoretical linguistics, contrastive linguistics, corpus and computational linguis- tics, discourse analysis, and translation studies.

 Our claim is based on facts on the ground (the classroom) and my own personal teaching and research experience. Most importantly, the value of European theoretical linguistics to the investiga- tion of the Qur’anic text at a macro level has been overlooked. Qur’anic discourse can greatly benefit from European text linguistics.

 Thus, for learning, teaching, and research needs, a fresh analysis of the Qur’anic macro text in the light of text linguistics is required. The different layers of the macro Qur’anic text need to be explored as an academic requirement.

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To deprive Qur’anic discourse of a text linguistics approach constitutes a research gap. A book on Qur’anic text linguistics will provide an academic resource for American and European universities, as well as for several other universities worldwide where Islamic studies courses are taught at undergraduate level and where PhD students are studying.

A book on Qur’anic text linguistics needs to have breadth, in-depth analysis, and the insight into putting European text linguistics into practice through a detailed analysis of a large number of micro and macro Qur’anic text examples.

There has been an academic and market need for a book on Qur’anic text lin- guistics, which accounts for the following major components of the text:

  1. the texture of the macro Qur’anic text,
  2. the cohesion and coherence systems of the Qur’anic text,
  3. the major notions of the macro Qur’anic text such as intertextuality, semantic relatedness, and thematic sequentiality,
  4. the macro Qur’anic textual features of ellipsis, repetition, and argumentation structure, and
  5. the contextual, co-textual, grammatical, and semantic factors involved in the macro Qur’anic text.

About this book

Text Linguistics of Qur’anic Discourse: An Analysis provides a valuable academic resource and a valuable pool of text linguistics information for the following research and academic categories:

i Arabic and English contrastive text linguistics, ii Arabic and Qur’anic/Islamic studies,

  1. translation studies, and
  2. corpus and computational linguistics.

The present book enjoys an academic international appeal since it constitutes:

  1. a major research gap in the macro textual features and the constituents of texture and intertextuality of the macro Qur’anic text, and
  2. a market need for undergraduate/postgraduate students of linguistics and of Arabic and Islamic studies, researchers, and scholars of Islamic and Qur’anic studies.

My premise is based on the following academic and market facts:

  1. Undergraduate and postgraduate students’ interest in Arabic and Qur’anic text linguistics. This is based on my past teaching experience in Leeds University (1993–2012).
    1. The present book addresses the learning and academic needs of undergradu- ate and postgraduate students, researchers, and scholars.
    1. This book will be in high demand by a large number of PhD students, researchers, and scholars who are either studying or researching in Arabic/ Islamic/Qur’anic studies, European theoretical linguistics, contrastive lin- guistics, corpus and computational linguistics, discourse analysis, Qur’anic exegesis, and translation studies.
    1. The present book is of interest to students and researchers working on Qur’anic software programs.
    1. Concerns have been expressed by undergraduate and postgraduate students about the lack of learning resources related to Qur’anic text linguistics. While there are a few books on European text linguistics, there is no book available on Qur’anic text linguistics.
    1. There is a growing academic and research international interest in the lin- guistic constituents and the texture of Qur’anic discourse.
  2. There have been no consistent academic teaching materials on the language of Qur’anic discourse at the macro level for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Islamic and Arabic studies and for scholars who are the module leaders of such courses.
  3. There are highly important linguistic topics which have been overlooked in the  syllabus  of  Islamic  and Arabic  studies  courses  taught  in  European, American, and Australian universities as well as in most overseas universi- ties where Islamic and Arabic studies courses are taught such as Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, South Africa, and the American University of Sharjah (UAE). Based on the above, Text Linguistics of Qur’anic Discourse is a valuable and methodologically consistent learning and teaching resource.
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Through its methodologically coherent discussion and in-depth analysis that is hinged upon modern European text linguistics, this book provides an insight into the newly established academic discipline of text linguistics.

Overview of the work

This is an in-depth account of the constituent components of the Qur’anic text. This book includes an introduction and eight well-researched chapters whose analysis is based on European text linguistics.

Introduction

This provides an informative bird’s eye view of the eight chapters that constitute the book. It will introduce the reader to the analysis of Qur’anic discourse in terms of European text linguistics.

Text linguistics

This is an account of what text linguistics focuses on and the major theoretical topics related to it. It gives a detailed definition of text linguistics as well as the major notions of text linguistics such as the text, its texture, its typology, its qualities, its macro functions, its illocutionary force, its audience, its phases of production, its context, the difference between the subtext and the paratext, the cohesive ties of the text, the notion of textuality and its standards, how a text should be analyzed, textual progression, and what Qur’anic text linguistics is concerned with.

Qur’anic macro text

This chapter accounts for a macro text–level analysis of Qur’anic discourse proto- typical features. The present chapter will account for context and co-text functions within the macro text and their impact on the macro level due to the occurrence of specific lexical items. The major text linguistic feature of intertextuality will

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