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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

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.003.0002

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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