From the Shadows of Meanings: The Genitive in Qur'anic Eloquence

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Qahtan Jasim Mohammad Kirkuk University, College of Arts


There is no doubt that anyone who studies the Qur'anic eloquence and endeavours to explore its miraculous nature would find a lot of marginal examples of Qur'anic use. This paper, therefore, aims at exploring the examples of genitive construction in the Qur'anic eloquence which most of the syntax books limited to two meanings: to descend to; and to tend to, such as ضفت الرجل ضيافة Dhiftu-arrajala dhiyafatan (I became a guest to the man). It also means the predication of a noun to another one.
However, the genitive goes beyond these two uses in Qur'anic expressions to marginal indications through eloquence, verbal contexts, reasons of suras (qur'anic chapters) revelation, generality and particularity, etc. they are the examples of (Indication of honoring a guest, the exaltation of the genitive, over statement, exaggeration and hyperbole, necessity of tenderness, necessity of variation between two things, necessity of absorption, explication and exploring things, expansion of meaning, possession of a thing, reference to gender, ambiguity and scolding.
Jul 3, 2020
How to Cite
MOHAMMAD, Asst. Prof. Dr. Qahtan Jasim. From the Shadows of Meanings: The Genitive in Qur'anic Eloquence. Journal of Language Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, p. 82-116, july 2020. ISSN 2616-6224. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2021. doi: