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Force Dynamics And The Qurʾân: An Essay In Cognitive Qurʾânic

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The theoretical and methodological import from the cognitive sciences as well as cognitive linguistics has been noteworthy in religious studies, especially within the fields of ritual studies, psychology of religion and what could be termed 'evolution and religion'-studies. One of the most promising approaches today has been provided by cognitive linguistics and its rapidly proliferating sub- and cross- disciplines, especially cognitive poetics which attend to verbal art and strive to integrate the insights from cognitive linguistics with more literary orientated stylistics. Before adducing any words and text samples it should be noted that certain grammatical categories in Arabic play a crucial force dynamic part. Construing the semantics of God in-force dynamic fields of impingement, discharge, blockage, counterforce, enablement, attraction and repulsion could not only cast light on the unique characteristics of the Qurʾânic God, but also about human cognition/language and their co-opted bent for forcefúl semantics.

Keywords: cognitive Qurʾânic poetics; force dynamics; God; religious language



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