Language between God and the Poets : Ma`na in the Eleventh Century, Paperback Book

Language between God and the Poets : Ma`na in the Eleventh Century Paperback

Part of the Berkeley Series in Postclassical Islamic Scholarship series

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At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program.

Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. In the Arabic eleventh-century, scholars were intensely preoccupied with the way that language generated truth and beauty.

Their work in poetics, logic, theology, and lexicography defined the intellectual space between God and the poets.

In Language Between God and the Poets, Alexander Key argues that ar-Raghib al-Isfahani, Ibn Furak, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), and Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani shared a conceptual vocabulary based around the words ma`na and haqiqah.

They used this vocabulary to build theories of language, mind, and reality that answered perennial questions: how to structure language and reference, how to describe God, how to construct logical arguments, and how to explain poetic affect.

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