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Shah, Mustafa (2019) 'The Word of God: The Epistemology of Language in Classical Islamic Theological Thought.' In: Yelle, Robert, Handman, Courtney and Lehrich, Christopher, (eds.), Language and Religion. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 158-192. (Language Intersections)

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Additional Information: One of the striking characteristics of early classical Islamic theological thought is the frequency with which language-based topics dominated arguments and discussions. This ranged from the medieval debates about the uncreated status of the text to deliberations about the concept of the Qurʾān’s linguistic inimitability and even to theories about the origins of language. This chapter will offer an examination of the gestation of the various discussions, investigating what was at stake in the disputes, and the wider ramifications of their impact within the sphere of linguistic and theological thought.
Keywords: language, epistemology, theology, Arabic, Islam, grammar, Qur'an, miḥna, i'jaz
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
ISBN: 9781614514329
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 12:12

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