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Manas 3 (2017), 1.

Published on 01.11.2017

ISSN: 2367-6256

Dyulgerov, Ivan. On The Meaning Of The Qur’anic Lexeme Al-Qurʼān. – In: Manas: East–West: Languages, Cultures, Societies, Vol. 3, 1, 2017.

2017 / Volume 3 / Issue number 1 : East–West: Languages, Cultures, Societies

On The Meaning Of The Qur’anic Lexeme Al-Qurʼān

Ivan Dyulgerov


The paper offers an attempt at adding a comparatively external look at the exploration of the way the Qur’an perceives and denotes itself. It has been ascertained that in the Old Testament's Hebrew text of the Bible a verbal lexeme Bible has been used which is entirely comparable with the Qur’anic qaraʼa “read” and has a semantic structure consisting of seven interrelated meanings: /to name/, /to call/, /to proclaim/, /to read/, /to invite/, /to speak louder/ and /to proclaim a word of God/. Two of those meanings, namely /to read/ and /to proclaim a word of God/, are easy detectable in the text of the Qur’an. The conclusion that the Qur’anic root morpheme /q-r-ʼ/ is realized through these two meanings could solve the problem which arises from discerning the Qur’an as /reading matter/, which is at the same time a basically orally presented and transmitted text.

Keywords: Qur’an, read, qaraʼ, reading, proclaim, word, God, Muhammed.

The main text of the article is in Bulgarian