Hermeneutics and the Problem of Translating Traditional Arabic Texts now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Hermeneutics and the Problem of Translating Traditional Arabic Texts by Alsayed M. Aly Ismail.
This book focuses on the problematic issues arising when translating and interpreting classical Arabic texts, which represent a challenging business for many scholars, especially with regards to religious texts. Additionally, the reception of these interpretations and translations not only informs the perception of Muslims and their awareness of the outside world, but also impacts the vision and perception of non-Muslims of Islam and the Muslim world.
Consequently, this book reconsiders the concepts of understanding and interpretation, and their nexus in the mechanism of translation, and proposes a novel, hermeneutic method of translating, interpreting, and understanding traditional and classical Arab texts. Handling the issues of understanding from a hermeneutical perspective is shown here to remove the possibility of translation and interpretation rendering a distorted translated text. Drawing on the powerful interpretive theories of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Martin Heidegger, the hermeneutic method of translation starts from a premise that the meaning of a classical text cannot be deduced solely by linguistic analysis of its words, but requires in-depth investigation of the invisible, contextual elements that control and shape its meaning. Traditional texts are seen in this model as ‘travelling texts’ whose meaning is transformed across time and space.
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About the Author
Alsayed M. Aly Ismail is an Assistant Professor of Translation Studies and Comparative Literature at Sattam Bin Abdualaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His research focus includes literary theory, translation theory, comparative literature and philosophy.