Islam and Literalism: Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory

Islam and Literalism
Islam and Literalism: Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory
Gleave, R
9780748689866
30/09/2013
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£24.99
Pb
Edinburgh University Press

In this reading of Islamic legal hermeneutics, Robert Gleave explores various competing notions of literal meaning, linked to both theological doctrine and historical developments, together with insights from modern semantic and pragmatic philosophers.

Literal meaning is what a text means in itself, regardless of what its author intends to convey or the reader understands to be its message. As Islamic law is based on the central texts of Islam, the idea of a literal meaning that rules over human attempts to understand God’s message has resulted in a series of debates amongst modern Muslim legal theorists.

  • Focuses on Islamic legal writings, with reference to Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) and Arabic rhetorical works
  • Describes Muslim debates through the lens of modern Western linguistic philosophy, opening the topic up for Western scholars
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