The Semantics of Qurʾanic Language: al-Āḫira, Ghassan el Masri offers a semantic study of the concept
al-āḫira ‘the End’ in the Qurʾān. The study is prefaced with a detailed account of the late antique concept of
etymologia (Semantic Etymology). In his work, he demonstrates the necessity of this concept for appreciating the Qurʾān’s rhetorical strategies for claiming discursive authority in the Abrahamic theological tradition. The author applies the etymological tool to his investigation of the theological significance of
al-āḫira, and concludes that the concept is polysemous, and tolerates a large variety of interpretations. The work is unique in that it draws extensively on Biblical material and presents a plethora of pre-Islamic poetry verses in the analysis of the concept.