Afterword: ʿAbd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī and the Law

In this theorization of Qurʾānic inimitability, ʿAbd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī privileged maʿānī (ideas) over alfāẓ (wording), with the consequence that eloquence was not language specific and understanding was in principle always achievable. For some Muslim jurists, by contrast, Arabic was a qualitativel...

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Published in:Journal of Abbasid Studies
Main Author: Lowry, Joseph E.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2018
In: Journal of Abbasid Studies
Year: 2018, Volume: 5, Issue: 1/2, Pages: 229-234
Further subjects:B ʿAbd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī Arabic Ibn Qutayba Islamic Law Muḥammad ʿAbduh Qurʾān Rashīd Riḍā al-Shāfiʿī
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Summary:In this theorization of Qurʾānic inimitability, ʿAbd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī privileged maʿānī (ideas) over alfāẓ (wording), with the consequence that eloquence was not language specific and understanding was in principle always achievable. For some Muslim jurists, by contrast, Arabic was a qualitatively superior language, but one corollary of that view was the complexity of Arabic, a feature that could lead to misunderstandings of scripture.
ISSN:2214-2371
Contains:In: Journal of Abbasid Studies
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/22142371-12340042