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Metaphor
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Literary device that conveys semantic equation without a linking participle such as “like” or “as.” Metaphor ( istiʿāra) is the subject of much discussion and classification in the science of Arabic rhetoric (cf. Bonebakker, Istiʿāra); this article will of necessity confine itself to major classifications and to uses that relate to how religious scholars (see exegesis of the qurʾān: classical and medieval ) have sought to understand metaphor's appearance and use in the Qurʾān.

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Heath, Peter, “Metaphor”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00121>



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