Kiliç, Sadık
March 2005
Ekev Academic Review;Spring2005, Vol. 9 Issue 23, p1
Academic Journal
In terms of the Islamic faith, the holiest text is the Koran. And since the Koran's target is the universe in which the human being lives, it has been "revealed" from the domain of transcendence to "here"; and therefore, it has selected a language as a human and social phenomenon, i.e., Arabic, as a communicative tool. It is not possible for the Divine Word in its form expressed in the text of the Koran and sent to the humanity ("resm") to contain verbally the Divine purposes, all particular facts and human answers. This is because possibilities of "language" cannot express the divine ontology in its entirety! Although it is transcendental in terms of its relation with God, language is limited to being a human nexus, and therefore, is restricted in its possibilities. In its broadest sense, man and world are in continual change, and therefore, people require more refined solutions, implying that the classical interpretation tradition should be made more dynamic, and implicit and explicit fanaticism walls built around the Book should be eliminated. In short, "tawil" (glossing) should be reconsidered as a serious reviving interpretation instrument.


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