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Islam and Literalism : Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory.

Author: R Gleave
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
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Literal meaning is what a text means in itself, regardless of what its author intends to convey or the reader understands to be its message. The idea of literal meaning, together with insights from modern semantic and pragmatic philosophers, informs this reading of Islamic legal hermeneutics. Robert Gleave explores various competing notions of literal meaning, linked to both theological doctrine and historical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gleave, R. (Robert).
Islam and literalism.
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2012494445
(OCoLC)751729234
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R Gleave
ISBN: 9780748631131 0748631135 9780748655540 0748655549 9780748655533 0748655530
OCLC Number: 818846724
Description: 1 online resource (225 pages)
Contents: Prologue; acknowledgements; 1. understanding literal meaning; 2. literal meaning, hermeneutics and islamic legal theory; 3. the emergence of literal meaning in early islamic thought; 4. literal meaning in early islamic legal theory; 5. early shi'i conceptions of literal meaning; 6. zahirism, literalism and ibn hazm; 7. literal meaning in modern muslim legal theory: two examples; bibliography; index.

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Literal meaning is what a text means in itself, regardless of what its author intends to convey or the reader understands to be its message. The idea of literal meaning, together with insights from modern semantic and pragmatic philosophers, informs this reading of Islamic legal hermeneutics. Robert Gleave explores various competing notions of literal meaning, linked to both theological doctrine and historical developments. The idea of a text?s literal meaning that rules over human attempts to understand God?s message has become an element in discussions about who has the authority to interpre.

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