Book: Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis
Chapter: 6: Literary Hermeneutics
In the footsteps of Muhammad Ahmad Khalafallah, this chapter analyses a number of famous Qur’anic stories (the prophet Joseph, Moses and al-Khidr, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba), to demonstrate the utility of finding a philosophical pattern connecting together apparently heterogeneous stories. Literary hermeneutics is one of the main methodological keys for reconstructing the meaning of a text and its history. The Holy Book of Islam appears to contain historical facts and narratives, but it essentially conveys its message through a complex axiological symbolism.