The Philological Endeavours of the Early Arabic Linguists: Theological Implications of the tawqīf-iṣṭilāḥ Antithesis and the majāz Controversy – Part I

@article{Shah1999ThePE,
  title={The Philological Endeavours of the Early Arabic Linguists: Theological Implications of the tawqīf-iṣṭilāḥ Antithesis and the majāz Controversy – Part I},
  author={M. Shah},
  journal={Journal of Qur'anic Studies},
  year={1999},
  volume={1},
  pages={27-46}
}
  • M. Shah
  • Published 1999
  • History, Sociology
  • Journal of Qur'anic Studies
  • This article examines a number of issues relating to discussions of the origin of language and related topics among early Arabic linguists. A number of these discussions treated the topic of the ‘revelationist’ view of language (tawqīf), and the opposing view that language had developed as a result of human convention (iṣṭilāḥ). It has been suggested that religious doctrine hampered the development of the linguistic tradition, as theologically motivated views increasingly governed the way in… CONTINUE READING
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