AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number3.  August  2021                       Pp.169 -184

‘Light’ as a Source Domain for Metaphors in the Holy Quran

College of languages and Translation, Najran University, Najran
Saudi Arabia

College of languages and Translation, Najran University, Najran
Saudi Arabia 


Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) sees metaphor as a means to conceptualize abstracts in everyday discourse employing concrete.  This research investigates the use of “Light” (Nur in Arabic) metaphorically as a source domain to several concepts (target domains) in the Quran, for instance, “THE QURAN IS LIGHT”. The study explores the power of metaphor in non-literary discourse relying on Conceptual Metaphor Theory and its hypotheses. Additionally, it will identify the target domains to which light is used as a source domain. Furthermore, it will examine whether ‘Light’ has been used as a target domain or it is a unidirectional relation that made it a source domain only in all the occurrences in the Quran. For the purpose of this study, the researchers used a descriptive-analytical approach in discourse analysis. Metaphor Identification Procedure (MIP) is used as a tool for checking metaphor. The search in the sacred text resulted in (43) occurrences of the word ‘Nur.’ This research proved that metaphor of light is used ubiquitously and creatively to explain different crucial concepts in the Quran.

Cite as:

Elamin, M. I.,&  Alhazmi, A. A.  (2021). ‘Light’ as a Source Domain for Metaphors in the Holy Quran.
Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (3) 169 -184.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no3.12


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Dr. Marwa Ibrahim Elamin is an assistant professor in English Department, college of languages and translation, Najran university. She has presented a paper in university of South Denmark, Odense, Denmark as part of a conference by Researching and Applying Metaphor Association and it is published under the title “Conceptual metaphors of Love in ‘Happy New Year’ a poem by Suad Assabah”. Areas of interest are: language teaching and learning, cognitive linguistics and translation.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6664-2212

Dr. Albatool Ahmad Alhazmi is an assistant professor in English Dept. and vice dean of the college of languages and translation, Najran University. She has her masters and PhD. From UNSW, Australia. Research areas are discourse analysis, language acquisition and bilingualism. She has a paper published under the title: “Linguistic Aspects of Arabic-English Code Switching on Facebook and Radio in Australia”. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3737-524X