نوع مقاله : مقاله علمی - پژوهشی
استادیارپژوهشگاه علوم انسانی و مطالعات فرهنگی.
عنوان مقاله [English]
The interdisciplinary studies of the Holy Qur’an suffers from the ambiguity of terms and a lack of consensus among scholars about them. That said, mythic expression is a branch of literary criticism which is even more challenging because of its relation to religious texts on the one hand and with myths on the other. Yet, this literary genre is only a creative and artistic approach basically different from texts' narrating myths. The present paper thus aims to provide an exact definition of mythic expression as a term within literary stylistics and the science of rhetoric and then to discuss its various applications in the exegetic and scientific tradition of Muslim Qur’an scholars. This study addressed the following questions 1-What is mythical expression, and what status it has in the literary studies of the Holy Qur’an? 2- Is it possible to find equivalents or substitutes for this term within the exegetic tradition of Muslims and Qur’an scholars, and how are they different from each other? The findings suggest that mythic expression in the Holy Qur’an, regardless of its long history and significance in literary studies, scrutinizes the rhetorical level of the religious texts and can be traced in Muslims'' traditional rhetoric chiefly via terms such as personification, metaphor, metonymy, pictorial language, etc.