Classical Islamic Discourse on the Origins of Language: Cultural Memory and the Defense of Orthodoxy

@article{Shah2022ClassicalID,
  title={Classical Islamic Discourse on the Origins of Language: Cultural Memory and the Defense of Orthodoxy},
  author={Mustafa Akram Ali Shah},
  journal={Kader},
  year={2022}
}
  • M. Shah
  • Published 19 June 2022
  • Philosophy
  • Kader
Classical Islamic scholarship developed two principal theses on the subject of the origin of language (aṣl al-lugha). The first of these theses, commonly referred to as tawqīf, accentuated the pre-eminent role that divine agency played in the imposition of language; axiomatic within this perspective is the view that words (lafẓ pl. alfāẓ) have been assigned their meanings (maʿnā pl. maʿānī) primordially by God. Presented as something of an antithesis to this position, the second doctrine… 
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