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Never Wholly OtherA Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism$
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Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362783.001.0001

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From Holistic Interpretation to Relational Hermeneutics

From Holistic Interpretation to Relational Hermeneutics

Toshihiko Izutsu’s Semantic Analysis of the Qurʾān

(p.122) 5 From Holistic Interpretation to Relational Hermeneutics
Never Wholly Other

Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

Oxford University Press

This chapter critically engages the hermeneutical approach of Toshihiko Izutsu, focusing primarily on his intra-Qurʾānic and synchronic semantic methodology. It argues that Izutsu’s method of semantic analysis provides the ideal extension to the hermeneutical approach drawn from Muslim women interpreters of the Qurʾān. While critiquing his focus on conceptual opposition and soteriological endpoints, this chapter argues that Izutsu’s methodological emphasis on relational meaning, overlapping semantic fields, and multifaceted interconnections is well suited to explicating the complexity that exists in the Qurʾānic discourse on the religious Other.

Keywords:   Interpreters of the Qurʾān, Toshihiko Izutsu, Semantic analysis, Semantic fields, Relational meaning

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