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Gheitury A, Golfam A. The Qur’an as a Non-Linear Text: Rethinking Coherence. IQBQ. 15 (1) :119-133
URL: http://eijh.modares.ac.ir/article-27-9706-en.html
1- Department of Linguistics, Razi University
2- Department of Linguistics, Tarbiat Modares University
Abstract:   (2846 Views)
The non-linear order of revelations is often considered by many scholars to signify lack of coherence, disunity, and fragmentariness. It seems that 'coherence' and the related terms have veiled a significant linguistic feature of the Qur’an, namely, the non-linear nature of revelations, which might be used to make a distinction between ordinary and Quranic discourse. We will argue that to unveil the non-linearity, we should consider revelations in relation to God who reveals Himself in language not as an ordinary speaker whose speech is limited to a certain context, with a beginning and an end. We should not expect God to speak like a man. The Qur’an, thus, is seen here as a non-temporal, non-linear text that reflects its divine origin, by systematically destructing the spacio-temporal context and the linear order of language.
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Received: 2006/02/13 | Accepted: 2007/09/17 | Published: 2008/05/31

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