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The introduction chapter of the book comprises the question: Does the Qurʾāan is defined by itself ? The self-referential discourse of the Qurʾāan was revealed to be both an omnipresent aspect in Qur&s;anic text and be located at foundations of Muslim belief. The short work had shown the importance of self-reference to core of Qur&s;anic discourse. We specify the issues of methods that arose during research and solutions. In fact, the study of Qur&s;anic discourse raises a number of methodological difficulties. The self-reference is the way text, speech, "speaks" for itself, brings information about itself to a reader or listener. This chapter discusses analysis of thought - here, the analysis of the Qur'anic discourse- that to come, which will be devoted to the analysis of historical developmentof the same thought in the chronological development of text. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: methodological issues; Muslim belief; Qurʾāan; Qur&s;anic self-referential discourse; Qur&s;anic text; text's chronological development

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