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Title: Narrative Techniques in the Holy Qur’an with Special Reference to the Five Surahs (Chapters)
Authors: Yimam, Workneh
Advisors: Dr. Berahnu Matthews
Copyright: 2008
Date Added: 29-Jan-2009
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Abstract Citing Mustansir (2000:4), Sulaiman (2003:1) argues that, “The Qur’an like the Bible, is an acknowledged literary masterpiece .But unfortunately, it has not yet received the kind of attention that the Bible acquires”. As a result, the Holy Qur’an is understood as a spiritual scripture only. Thus, it is wrongly perceived that this book is endowed with a lot of hard and fast religious rules and regulations. However, even though spirituality is one aspect of the Holy Qur’an, it is also full of narrative techniques and devices. Referring to Mustansir (2000:3), Rukiya (2004:3) states that the Holy Qur’an, “…tells stories, cites parables, uses figurative speech, and draws character sketches...” Therefore, the main objective of this thesis is to explore these techniques and avoid the misconception people developed towards the scripture. In order to explore such narrative techniques as narrative voice, narrative time, narrative modes and, character and characterization, related literatures in the area, are reviewed from various source materials to enrich the thesis with theoretical ideas and concepts. More importantly, five sample chapters (Surahs) are selected from the Qur’an as narrative texts for practical analysis. In these five chapters, analysis is made to find out the identity of the narrator (author’s voice). And again, narrative time is explored. This means that analysis is made to know whether the episodes of the five chapters are in chronological order or not, to clearly distinguish the proportion between the story time and the discourse time and to recognize how often events are repeated compared to their occurrence. Moreover, those five chapters are also seen from the perspective of their presentations. This is to say that individual chapters are treated to differentiate whether they are presented in summary or scenic modes. Lastly, the personality traits of characters in those chapters are depicted. In the last chapter conclusion is made based on the analysis that has been done.
Description: A Thesis Presented To the School of Graduate Studies In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Literature
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1977
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