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Title of Thesis
NATURE IMAGERY IN AL-QURAN

Author(s)
FOUZIA TANVEER SHEIKH
Institute/University/Department Details
Faculty of Advanced Integrated Studies and Research/ National University of Modern Languages 
Session
2005
Subject
Linguistics
Number of Pages
214
Keywords (Extracted from title, table of contents and abstract of thesis)
nature imagery, al-quran, qur'an, qur'anic vocabulary, earth imagery, suras, allah, tauheed

Abstract
The Qur‚€™an abounds in nature imagery. Most of this nature imagery pertains to the earth with more than 461 explicit references. The earth image, employed literally as well as figuratively, occurs in diverse contexts to reinforce some major themes in the Qur,an such as Allah‚€™s Sole Sovereignty, Man‚€™s Vicegerency, Doomsday, Resurrection, etc. The earth, like every other object of nature, emerges as a sign of Allah. The personified earth presents for man a model of submission to the will of Allah.

The present research aims at presenting an overview of the earth image in the Qur‚€™an from a multi-dimensional perspective. Forms and style of earth imagery, along with general attributes and functions of nature imagery in Al-Quran, have also veen touched upon.

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S. No. Chapter Title of the Chapters Page Size (KB)
1 0 Contents
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2 1 Quran - The Eternal Light And Guidance 1
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  1.1 Introduction 1
  1.2 The Qur'an and Nature Imagery 5
  1.3 Earth 5
  1.4 The Research Topic 5
3 2 Nature Imagery In English Literature 9
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  2.1 Introduction 9
  2.2 Nature Imagery in English Literature 9
  2.3 Nature in AI- Qur'an 14
  2.4 Qur'an , Nature Imagery and Arabic Literature 16
  2.5 Imagery Defined 18
  2.6 Research Focus 20
4 3 METHODOLOGY 23
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  3.1 Introduction 23
  3.2 In the Qur'an 23
5 4 The Problems Of Translation 30
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  4.1 Translation and Interpretation 30
  4.2 Loss of Economy of Expression 33
  4.3 Translation and Supra- Segmentals of Language 33
  4.4 Translation of Metaphoric Expressions 34
  4.5 Other Problems Related to Translation 36
  4.6 Absolute Untranslatability of the Qur ' an 37
  4.7 Which Translation to Use? 38
  4.8 Conclusion 39
6 5 Literature Review 40
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  5.1 Literature Review of Qur'an - An Impossibility 40
  5.2 Different Approaches to the Qur'an 40
  5.3 Relevance to the present research 43
  5.4 Style 44
  5.5 Symbolism and Imagery in the Qur'an 48
  5.6 Literary Forms in the Qur'an 50
  5.7 Quran : Neither Prose nor Poetry 51
  5.8 Musical Element of AI- Quran 54
  5.9 Qur'anic Vocabulary 55
  5.10 Conclusion 56
7 6 General Characteristics Of Nature Imagery In Al- Quran 59
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  6.1 Abundant 59
  6.2 Cosmic 59
  6.3 Universal 60
  6.4 Majestic and Sublime 61
  6.5 Compact and Concise 62
  6.6 Appropriate 62
  6.7 Kinesthetic 63
  6.8 Synesthetic 64
  6.9 Sense of Immediacy 64
  6.10 Quick Succession Of Images 65
  6.11 Onomatopoeic 66
  6.12 Appear Hyperbolic yet Are Not 68
  6.13 Revelation of Fresh Beauty in Old Objects 68
  6.14 Overview of the Heavens and the Earth (Macro-approach) 69
  6.15 Micro-approach 69
  6.16 Organic Unity 70
  6.17 Unity and Diversity 71
  6.18 Diverse Contexts 71
  6.19 Aesthetic Element 72
  6.20 Comparison and Contrast 73
  6.21 Conclusion 77
8 7 Functions Of Nature Imagery 79
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  7.1 Appearance within a Functional Framework 79
  7.2 Conclusion 88
9 8 The Earth Imagery 89
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  8.1 The Earth - A Recurrent Image 89
  8.2 Earth as Symbol 92
  8.3 Earth Personified 94
  8.4 Similes 100
  8.5 Metaphors 102
  8.6 Conclusion 106
10 9 The Earth Image - Forms And Style 108
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  9.1 Introduction 108
  9.2 Oaths 108
  9.3 Sign Passages 109
  9.4 Employment of Dialogue 109
  9.5 Dramatic Opening of Suras 113
  9.6 Earth in Conditional Statements Indicating Magnitude 113
  9.7 Parables Regarding Earth 115
  9.8 Iltifat 117
  9.9 Conclusion 120
11 10 Earth And Man 122
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  10.1 Earth and Man 122
  10.2 Man as Vicegerent 123
  10.3 Provision of All Comforts for Man on Earth 131
  10.4 The Earth and the Signs of Allah 137
  10.5 Earth and the Theme of ‚€œ Fissad ‚€Ě 145
  10.6 The Earth and Punishment 148
  10.7 Behaviour of Men of Understanding 150
  10.8 How to Live Earth 152
  10.9 Prayers 155
  10.10 Jihad 156
  10.11 Migration 157
  10.12 Conclusion 158
12 11 The Earth Image And The Manifestation Of Allah's Attributes 160
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  11.1 Introduction 160
  11.2 Sole Sovereignty Without Partners ( Tauheed ) 160
  11.3 The Originator of the Heavens and The Earth 162
  11.4 The Maker of the Heavens and the Earth 163
  11.5 Lord of the Heavens and the Earth 164
  11.6 His Monarchy and Dominion 165
  11.7 The Sustainer 166
  11.8 Allah Rules and Regulates All Affairs 167
  11.9 The Light of Allah 167
  11.10 His Absolute Knowledge 167
  11.11 He Who Understands the Finest Mysteries, and Is Well-Acquainted (With Them) 170
  11.12 His All-Encompassing Mercy 171
  11.13 Most Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving 172
  11.14 Exalted in Might, Able to Enforce His Will, Forgiving Again and Again 172
  11.15 To Allah Belong the Forces of the Heavens and the Earth 172
  11.16 He Is Free from Want 173
  11.17 His Wrath 173
  11.18 Allah Is the Final Owner ( Waris ) 174
  11.19 All That Is in Heavens and Earth Praises Allah 175
  11.20 Conclusion 177
13 12 Doomsday, Resurrection, Life After Death 179
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  12.1 Introduction 179
  12.2 Doomsday and Resurrection 179
  12.3 The Arguments against Resurrection and their Refutation in the Qur'an 182
  12.4 Heaven and Hell 184
  12.5 Conclusion 187
14 13 Suggestions And Conclusion 189
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  13.1 Introduction 189
  13.2 The Present Research 190
  13.3 Suggestions 191
  13.4 Conclusion 192
15 14 Bibliography
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