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Recognition in the Arabic Narrative TraditionDiscovery, Deliverance and Delusion$
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Philip F. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474413725

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.001.0001

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A Cognitive Reading of the Qurʾanic Story of Joseph

A Cognitive Reading of the Qurʾanic Story of Joseph

(p.16) 1 A Cognitive Reading of the Qurʾanic Story of Joseph
Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition

Philip F. Kennedy

Edinburgh University Press

We find in the Qurʾan and the life of Muaammad one of the most fascinating relationship constructs between a text and its contextual psychology in literature; at its crux is the fundamental question: is anagnorisis commensurate with the disclosure of certain truth, which would seem a natural Islamic reflex given that this is revelation, or can a surplus of doubt be sustained with, and after, anagnorisis? This chapter, inspired by in-depth readings of various medieval tafsīr (or exegetical) works, is written following the incremental method of Islamic exegesis; this allows us to explore the cognitive nuances and details of the narrative as they develop through the surah – they are the constitutive elements of what, epistemologically speaking, is tantamount to a complex organic whole.

Keywords:   Arabic Narrative, Narrative, Qur’an, Islamic Exegesis, Recognition, Epistemology, Literary Construction, Arabic Literary Tradition, Surah, Aanagnorisis

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