Book: Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis
Chapter: 5: Being and Language
Qur’anic hermeneutics is strictly linked to the use and implications of language. Language is the “house” (as Heidegger would put it) in which the Being (God) shows Himself; and as Gadamer put it: “Being that can be understood is, insofar as it can be understood, language”. Starting from these premises, the chapter studies Ibn Rushd’s (Averroes) hermeneutical proposal in the Fasl al-maqal (Decisive Treatise), one of the most interesting experiments in Islamic thought moving towards a hermeneutics of Being as language.