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Title: Telling and Retelling
Subtitle: Approaching the Religious Narrative of Joseph
Written By: Ahmed Meliebary
Series Title: LINCOM Textual Analyses 02
Description:

This study looks into two pieces of two religious scripture, one taken from
the Holy book of Muslims, the Quran, which pervades Islamic literature, and
the other from the Bible, which is another masterpiece of literature. An
internal analysis of the Quranic and Biblical pieces provides a fuller
understanding of both versions and eventually some narrative aspects of
both Books. This study conducted a comparative stylistic analysis based on
issues that are important to the narratives in hand such as narratology,
repetition, the mode of discourse, and other closely related features
including narrator, voice, and linguistic subjectivity. Important features
of narrative have been applied on two selected excerpts of relatively
matching scenes. One narratological model/approach has been applied for
elucidating the biblical material in the Quranic one, which not only
enhances the understanding of the relationship between the Two Books, but
also reflects on the art of Quranic and Biblical narratives.

The components of such an approach has been assembled from several
analytical strategies, among which are the work of narrative versions,
narrative and speech act theories. The literary structure of the story has
been investigated because of its impact on the whole framework of analysis
for both books. Providing an insight into the shape of both narratives,
leads to important implications for the study of the relationship between
the Quran and the Bible which is one of the sought after objectives of this
work, and that will hopefully lead to positive results in correcting the
imbalance that usually informs Quran-Bible comparisons, and help in
providing a common ground of tolerance and understanding for peoples of
both faiths.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895869341
Pages: 210
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