Repetition: A key to Qur'anic style, structure and meaning [electronic resource].
Middle Eastern literature.
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- This dissertation examines repetition as a method of communicating meaning in the Qur'an. Repetition---defined here as verses of the Qur'an that repeat with minor changes---is an undervalued feature of the Qur'an. The methodology used in this dissertation to investigate repetition is based on the Semitic rhetorical figures (symmetrically arranged repeated elements) used in the study of the formal structure of the Biblical text. Two classes of repetition are identified. The first class works as a structuring device. Within this class, four different broad types of repetition are classified: 1) reverse symmetry, 2) forward symmetry, 3) asymmetry, and 4) partial symmetry. The second class of repetition functions as a conjunction device. Within this class, three different connective devices are distinguished: 1) thread, 2) link, and 3) complex conjunction, which is an arrangement of repetition types that establish different links between series of stories in a sura. The methodology of this study is applied to Surat al-A'raf (Q. 7), Yunus (Q. 10), and Hud (Q. 11). Each sura is examined individually (intratextual analysis), looking at (non-)narrative parts; then the methodology is applied to the three suras combined (intertextual analysis). In applying the dissertation's methodology to Surat al-A'raf, class one repetition is seen to emphasize the theme of "remembrance of God." In Surat Yunus, class one and two highlight the main theme of s&dotbelow;abr (patience, steadfastness, and endurance). Finally, in Surat Hud, class two repetitions elaborate the main theme of "trusting in God." In the intertextual study of the three suras, class one repetition is identified as a case of asymmetry that links the three suras, highlighting a common theme of the character traits that the Prophet and those who call people to God ought to adopt. Finally, in this work I show that the process of extracting and analyzing the different repetition schemes in the Qur'an leads to a deeper understanding of multiple layers of meaning within the Qur'anic text, serves to highlight the coherence of the suras, and guides the listeners, or readers, to take an active part in discovering latent messages imparted at the level of structure.
- Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-05, Section: A, page: 1661.
Adviser: Joseph E. Lowry.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 2010.
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- University of Pennsylvania.
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- Dissertation Abstracts International 72-05A.
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