Metaphors in the Quran: Categories and Significance

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This paper employs the principles of the conceptual metaphor theory - proposed by Lakoff and Johnson in their seminal 1980 book "Metaphors We Live By" - as a framework to categorize and explain the significance of metaphors in the Holy Quran. The paper focuses on spatial and temporal Quranic metaphors and investigates how they are used to help enhance the interpretation of specific concepts.

Moreover, the difficulty of translating Arabic metaphors into English will also be addressed. Since metaphors are figurative expressions that have specific cognitive and cultural significances, the paper will point out how some of the English translations of metaphors fail to capture some of the subtle meanings rendered by the Arabic versions.

Finally, because an accurate translation has to capture both the linguistic significance and the cultural 'mapping' of the metaphor, the paper will proopose a cognitive approach to the translation of Quranic metaphors.

Keywords: Linguistics, Metaphor, Discourse Analysis
Stream: Language, Linguistics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Yousif Elhindi

Associate Professor, Department of English, East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

I was born and raised in Sudan. After graduating from the University of Khartoum in the mid 1970s and working briefly as a high school teacher and interpret translator, I travelled to England to pursue a Masetr's degree in English, which I obtained in 1981. I returned to Sudan that same year and taught at Gezira University for a couple of years. Then I joined the faculty of the college of Education at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, where I taught for six years. I moved to America with my family in 1990 and enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State University. After earning my degree in 1995, I taught at Oklahoma State before moving to Tennessee to teach at East Tennessee State University. My research interests include discourse analysis, world literature, and cognitive grammar. I also enjoy reading, travel, and sports. I am married with four children.

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