AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number1.  February  2022                              Pp.67-87

The Role of Derivation in Teaching Quranic Vocabulary: Between Theory and Practice

Rabie Mohamed Hefny

Al-Iman Institute for Quranic Studies
Karabuk  University, Karabuk, Turkey 

Mohamed Fathy Mohamed Abdelgelil

Faculty of Islamic Contemporary Studies
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia

Ammar Kamal Ibrahim Osman

Faculty of Islamic Contemporary Studies
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia 

Isyaku Hassan

Faculty of Languages and Communication
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia


Words with close meanings often cause difficulty in understanding the meanings of Quranic text. At times, Quranic words with similar meanings are even used in the wrong context. As such, understanding the morphological and semantic differences between Quranic words with close meanings becomes necessary. Therefore, this research aims to explore the roots and semantic differences of Quranic words with similar meanings and ascertain the role of derivation in teaching Quranic vocabulary. The research employed the descriptive-analytical approach to trace Quranic words with similar connotations and determine their derivation methods. The findings showed that the etymological origins of Quranic vocabulary with similar meanings can help greatly in clarifying the semantic features of the words. Similarly, the findings revealed that referring to the morphological structures of words helps to discover the meanings of Quranic words with similarity in linguistic origin and difference in structure. Therefore, derivation can be an effective means of determining the connotations of Quranic words, which can be useful in teaching Quranic vocabulary. This research could help instructors to advance the method of teaching Quranic vocabulary as well as the Arabic language in general. Nevertheless, the research is limited to the role of derivation in teaching Quranic vocabulary, and thus, further studies may focus on how the origin and formation of words can help students to develop language skills.

Cite as:

Hefny, R. M.,  Abdelgelil, M. F. M., Osman, A. K. I., & Hassan, I.  (2022).  The Role of Derivation in Teaching Quranic Vocabulary: Between Theory and Practice   . Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6(1) 67-87.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no1.6


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Dr. Rabie Mohamed Hefny is an Assistant Professor of Arabic sciences at Al-Iman Institute for Quranic Studies and Karabuk  University, Turkey. He trains teachers of Arabic on how to teach the Arabic language to non-Arabic speakers.  He has a keen interest in teaching Arabic as a second language. https://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0003-0432-7898

Dr. Mohamed Fathy Mohamed Abdelgelil is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Islamic Contemporary Studies, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. His areas of research interest include Quranic and language studies. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3538-502X

Ammar Kamal Ibrahim Osman is a Master’s degree researcher in the Faculty of Islamic Contemporary Studies, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. His research focuses on Quranic studies, language, and management sciences. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4967-284X

Dr. Isyaku Hassan is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia. He is an active researcher with a keen interest in the areas of media linguistics, media and religion, cultural communication, interactive media, and language studies. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8260-2894