Elaboration on the Semantic Model of the Concept of ‘Certainty’ in Nahj-ol-Balagheh: with an Emphasis on Collocation and Substitution Relationships

Document Type : Research Paper

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1 Meybod University

2 PhD Student at Meybod Univeristy

Abstract

The word ‘certainty’ is one of the key ones in epistemological discussions in Nahj-ol-Balagheh. It has been repeated, along with its derivatives thirty-one times. The analysis of the semantic network of ‘certainty’ has an effective role in understanding Imam Ali's (pbuh) stance toward epistemology. In the present study, a descriptive-analytical method is adopted to identify the semantic model of ‘certainty’ in Nahj-ol-Balagheh. After the clarification of the conceptual meaning of the word certainty, a simultaneous analysis of the content of Nahj-ol-Balagheh is performed at two levels including collocation and substitution. Through this process of text comprehension, a semantic model of certainty is introduced. In the light of this model, it becomes evident that certainty is hierarchical. At the primary level, certainty accompanies faith, and at higher levels, it intensifies faith to the highest levels. it becomes evident that certainty is hierarchical. At the primary level, certainty accompanies faith, and at higher levels, it intensifies faith to the highest levels.

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