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  • Conclusion

    Alexander Key

    Chapter from the book: Key, A. 2018. Language between God and the Poets: Maʿnā in the Eleventh Century.


    This short conclusion lays out the book’s core argument: that reading for maʿnā helps us see lexicography, theology, logic, and poetics more clearly. In the lexicon, maʿānī are connected to vocal forms. In theology, Ibn Fūrak used maʿānī as conceptual pigeonholes for the correct alignment of God, world, and theologian. In logic, Ibn Sīnā used maʿānī as the Arabic core of universal thought. In poetics, al-Ǧurǧānī used maʿānī in bundles to explain how poets manipulated the ḥaqīqah of the lexicographers. The conclusion also makes some final remarks about the relationship of eleventh-century Arabic theory to the historical contiuum of European and Anglophone thought.

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    Key, A. 2018. Conclusion. In: Key, A, Language between God and the Poets. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.54.i

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    Published on Aug. 28, 2018