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EEO. 2020; 19(4): 7741-7753

Orientalist Discourses And The Politics Of Representation: The Decontextualization Of Sale’s ‘A Preliminary Discourse’ On His Quran Translation

Ahmad Nadeem, Kanwal Zahra, Muhammad Javed Iqbal.


This paper analyses ‘A Preliminary Discourse’ added to George Sale’s English translation of the Quran. The preliminary discourses contextualize the Quran translation to fit in the orientalist view of the Quran as a human authored book and not a divine testament. The research takes Gumperz’s (1982, 1992) concept of ‘contextualization’, Goffman’s concept of frames (Goffman 1974), and the concept of entextualization (Bauman and Briggs 1990; Silverstein and Urban 1996) as the perspectives for the analysis. Through the critical analysis research shows that in ‘A Preliminary Discourse’ Sale has contextualized the Quran in a particular way to disapprove the Quran as divine revelation. In the backdrop of orientalist discourses this representation is political and biased.

Key words: contextualization, entextualisation, frames, orientalist discourses, politics of representation

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