An Analysis of the Methodology of the Abu-Zeid's Theory on "the difference of Meaning and Purpose" in Value-added Interpretations of Religious Texts

@ Samane Alavai / Ph.D. Jurisprudence and Foundations of Islamic Law, Teacher at Hakim Sabzevari University


Seyyed Javad Khatami / Assistant Professor, Jurisprudence and Islamic Law Department, Hakim Sabzevari University

Received: 29 July 2019 - Accepted: 04 December 2019



Nasr Hamed Abu Zayed, in his theory of 'modern interpretation of texts', argues that there is a difference between meaning and purpose. Given the need for modern interpretations to deal with new questions, and since in value-added interpretations, the interpreter attempts to maximize the value of a text, it seems that Abu Zayed's interpretive theory, which means better understanding of the meaning and the purpose of the text over time, can be viewed as a way to achieve purposeful value-added interpretations. Of course, the results show that failure to comply with the criteria for understanding the text can lead to epistemic threats, such as the inability to validate interpretations, and the secularization of religion.

Keywords: Abu Zayd, purposeful value-added interpretation, meaning, purpose, epistemic threats.

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