Investigating Quranic strategies of mercy and forgiveness within the framework of politeness theory

Other Title(s)

تحري الإستراتيجيات القرآنية المتعلقة بالرحمة و المغفرة في إطار نظرية التهذيب

Dissertant

al-Athamin, Rawan Habis Ahmad

Thesis advisor

al-Khawlidah, Muhammad Arshid Said

University

Mutah University

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Department

Department of English Language and Literature

University Country

Jordan

Degree

Master

Degree Date

2021

English Abstract

The aim of this semantic-pragmatic research is to examine the linguistic aspects of mercy and forgiveness represented by the Glorious Names of Allah “ar-raĥmān, ar-raĥīm, al-ġaffār, andal-ġafūr”, asemployed in the Holy Quran within the framework of Politeness Theoryproposed by Brown and Levinson (1978, 1987).

In real life situations misconduct is usually faced by strategies that eliminate its occurrences and that cannot be explained within the framework of Politeness Theory, conversely the Quranic verses use Allah’s Glorious Names of mercy and forgiveness in contexts that require punishment, threat, and warning, to eliminate wrong deeds.

Therefor this phenomenon is discussed within the framework of Politeness theory.

Both quantitative and qualitative analytical methods were used in this research.

The sample of this study consisted of 25 verses extracted from the Holy Quran because they are related directly to this study.

The data was analyzed based on the main strategies of Politeness Theory (bald on record, off record, positive politeness and negative politeness),including their sub strategies.

The implications of some relevant figures and the employed linguistic devices were discussed as well.

The conclusions of this work revealed that all Politeness strategies previously mentioned were used in such religious contexts and they are classified according to the general theme and addressee.

Also, the weight of the hearer’s FTA (face threatening act) in such contextsvaried according to the semantic of the other Glorious Names of Allah that associatedwithHis Names of mercy and forgiveness, and to the existent factors of politeness (power, social distance, and rank).

Moreover, the formulas of positive politeness got the highest frequency proportionamong the overall data that used the linguistic strategies of mercy and forgiveness.

In addition, the existence of these strategies in the Holy Quran reduced the threat on the hearer’s positive face and minimized the imposition on the hearer’s negative face in order to achieve optimism and reassurance;and therefore it is applicable for both faces,hoping thatthe existence of such inclusive strategy enriches the Theory of Politeness.

Main Subjects

Languages

No. of Pages

79

Table of Contents

Table of contents.

Abstract.

Abstract in Arabic.

Chapter One : The introduction.

Chapter Two : Theoretical background and literature review.

Chapter Three : Methodology.

Chapter Four : Discussion, findings, conclusion and recommendations.

References.

American Psychological Association (APA)

al-Athamin, Rawan Habis Ahmad. (2021). Investigating Quranic strategies of mercy and forgiveness within the framework of politeness theory. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Mutah University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1332587

Modern Language Association (MLA)

al-Athamin, Rawan Habis Ahmad. Investigating Quranic strategies of mercy and forgiveness within the framework of politeness theory. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Mutah University. (2021).
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1332587

American Medical Association (AMA)

al-Athamin, Rawan Habis Ahmad. (2021). Investigating Quranic strategies of mercy and forgiveness within the framework of politeness theory. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Mutah University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1332587

Language

English

Data Type

Arab Theses

Record ID

BIM-1332587