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Recognition of the Concept of Semantic Development (Case study: Semantic Development in Verse 127 of Surah al-A'raf and the Challenges of its Translation and Interpretation)
Mohammad-Ali Mahdavirad, Elaheh Hadiyan Rasnani 1
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“Semantic development” is an issue related to lexicology, and it is apparently a new issue which is different from similar issues that are often confused with it. “Semantic development” does not mean polysemy in the sense that a word has several different meanings. Rather, it denotes the inclusion and development of the meanings of a word along its very original semantic root. This linguistic capacity existed in the pre-Islamic period, too; however, with the advent of Islam, it became clearer, and words became more extended and developed with this view in Islamic culture, and new concepts were introduced in the language of the holy Quran and narrations. Therefore, Ahl al-Bayt (a.s.) have provided examples of semantic development in interpretive narrations considering both interpretive and didactic perspectives. The most important factor in recognizing semantic development in the holy Quran is the context of the verse, and due to this, it seems that many interpretations and equivalents, especially in the translations of the Quran, are not exact equivalents and in some cases are incorrect. For example, understanding the difference between the atmospheres of verse 127 of Surah al-A'raf and verse 4 of Surah al-Qasas requires accepting the semantic development in the verse of Surah al-A'raf. However, most commentators and translators, due to the similarity of these verses, have ignored the context and have not perceived such semantic development and tried to resort to justification in explaining the difference between the two contexts, but in the semantic development of this glorious verse, qatl means killing the spirit of thought in man, and istihya’ refers to removing modesty of women in society.
Keywords: semantic development, verse 127 of Surah al-A'raf, translation, interpretation.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2020/08/16 | Accepted: 2020/07/31 | Published: 2020/07/31
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Mahdavirad M, Hadiyan Rasnani E. Recognition of the Concept of Semantic Development (Case study: Semantic Development in Verse 127 of Surah al-A'raf and the Challenges of its Translation and Interpretation). 3. 2020; 19 (40) :207-228
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