The Concept of Women-Beating in (Q 4:34): A Textual and Contextual Analysis

  •  Muhammad Taghian    


This paper is concerned with the textual and contextual analysis of wife-discipline in particular in (Q 4:34) and the concept of women-beating in the Qurʾānic discourse in general. The study makes a special reference to two translations of the Qurʾān, namely: Abdel Haleem’s The Qurʾān: A New Translation (2004); and George Sale's The Qurʾān (1734). This account investigates a psycholinguistic analysis of the meaning of ‘beating’ in the entire scripture, in general, and in (Q 4:34), in particular. To achieve this, an in-depth textual and contextual surgery is performed to uncover new psycholinguistic perspectives. The study reports on attitudes of a sample of 163 Saudi women towards violence against women in KSA. Four constructs will be investigated, namely: 1) social aspects of violence against women; 2) socio-economic status⁄ educational aspects of violence against women; 3) preventive indicators of violence against women and; physical aspects of violence against women. It also highlights the claim of Halliday and Hasan (1976:9) that cohesive ties are the only source of texture. This account runs counter to that claim.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4768
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4776
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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