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Religious texts and discourse contain numerous instances of metaphoric language, in which speakers or writers refer to one, usually abstract, topic through explicit or implicit reference to something else. Metaphor is traditionally viewed as an ornamental, and sometimes deviant, feature of language. But contemporary research in linguistics and psychology demonstrates that metaphor is in fact fundamental to the ways that persons both talk and think about many aspects of abstract knowledge. Metaphors in religious discourse are very similar to those employed in ordinary speech. ⸙

in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion Online
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The Shorter Encyclopaedia of Islam is an unequalled reference work of all subjects which concern, or touch on, the religion and law of Islam.
As to its geographical and historical scope, the work embraces the old Arabo-Islamic Empire, the Islamic states of Iran, Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Indonesia, the Ottoman Empire, and the various Muslim states and communities in Africa, Europe and the former U.S.S.R.
The Shorter Encyclopaedia of Islam contains an extensive index and bibliography.

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