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Introduction To Part I

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A dictionary definition of poetics is "Literary criticism that deals with the nature, forms and laws of poetry". This is very close to the concept of poetics offered by Aristotle over 2300 years ago. Aristotle attempted to deal with universals, concepts that are shared equally by all human beings. The Islamic philosopher Averroes offers a useful analysis of how to study religious texts from the perspective of rhetoric. In regards to religion, Averroes identifies three different categories of rhetorical assent, each of which accords with certain mental dispositions. The most widespread form is imaginative assent based on an appeal to emotions using particular examples or vivid descriptions. Some interpret poetics from the analytical stance of rhetoric. They explore how a particular religious text is organized so as to convince or influence their audience, either from the viewpoint of use of language or narrative structure.

Keywords: Aristotle; Averroes; religious text



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