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8 — Summarized, Clarified, Apparent, and Reinterpreted Speech

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Summarized speech stands in need of clarification. Clarification means removing something from the domain of the problematic into the domain of the evident.

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Definite speech admits of only one meaning. Some say it is speech whose interpretation is its revelation. The word definite (naṣṣ) is derived from the minaṣṣa, or throne, of the bride.

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Speech with an apparent meaning is that which admits of two meanings, one of which is more apparent than the other. Speech with an apparent meaning can be reinterpreted, and its new meaning is then called apparent because of some evidence.

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General speech has already been explained.

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Key terms

  • summarized: mujmal
  • clarification: bayān
  • (re)interpretation: taʾwīl
  • definite: naṣṣ
  • apparent: ẓāhir
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