Basic Color Terms in the Glorious Qur’an

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Ahmed M. Salih
Marwa W. Salih

Abstract

Color plays a key role in people’s communication. Languages represent the gradation of colors in nature by a series of discrete categories. These categories of color differ along with the different cultures. Color distinctions and meanings also play a major role in different religions. A certain color may have a particular meaning in Christianity and another different meaning. There is no single language is said to include all color variations. Color distinctions and meanings play a major role in different religions. A certain color may have a particular meaning in Christianity and another different meaning.  This paper aims at identifying the basic color terms in the Glorious Qur'an and making structural and semantic analyses of them. It is hypothesized that the Glorious Qur’an contains particular color terms that occupy various grammatical classes and indicates specific functions. Furthermore, some are linked to each other by semantic relations. The major findings arrived at are the following: there are six basic color terms used in the Glorious Qur’an; they are white, black, green, yellow, blue, and red. Color terms used in the Glorious Qur’an have various structures in Arabic syntax. Secondly, semantic variations are found in many verses of the Glorious Qur’an that include color terms. Thirdly, cultural differences affect the usage of color in language. Finally, the use of color terms in the Glorious Qur’an is meant to apply different functions of the terms, such as the visual, the esthetic, the symbolic, and the expressive functions. one color might be interpreted in one way in a language and in a totally different way in another.

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Salih, A. M. and Salih, M. W. (2021) “Basic Color Terms in the Glorious Qur’an”, Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(1). Available at: https://jhss.koyauniversity.org/index.php/jhss/article/view/346 (Accessed: 26July2021).
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Ahmed M. Salih, Department of English Language, College of Education for Humanities, University of Tikrit, Tikrit, Iraq

Ahmed M. Salih is a Ph.D. holder in English language and linguistics  (sociolinguistics) obtained from Institute of Advanced Studies in English, University of Pune, India, in 2013. His master's degree ( Master of Arts in English language and Linguistics) was obtained from the College of Education for Humanities, University of Tikrit, Iraq, in 2002. He is a faculty member at College of Education for Humanities, University of Tikrit since 2002 up to now. His research interests are sociolinguistics, language and gender, and language and culture.

Marwa W. Salih, Department of English Language, College of Education for Humanities, University of Tikrit, Tikrit, Iraq

Marwa W. Salih is an M. A. holder in English language and linguistics  (sociolinguistics) obtained from the college of education for humanities, University of Tikrit, Iraq, in 2016. She is a faculty member at college of education for women since 2018 up to now. Her research interests are sociolinguistics, language and gender, and language and culture.

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