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Book: Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis

Chapter: 5: Being and Language

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.32122


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.

Chapter Contributors

  • Massimo Campanini ( - mcampinini) 'University of Trento'