Q-Conference: Abstract and Verses

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O People, an example (mathal) is presented, so listen to it. 
Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him.
Weak are the pursuer and pursued. Q. 22:73

Abstract: The fourth annual CEI Qur’an conference, ‘Metaphoria’, explores selected metaphors in the Qur’an. Metaphors are used to enhance the effect of what is being said by making it beautiful, impressive, aesthetically striking, and semantically powerful.

‘Metaphoria’ is derived from two words: ‘metaphor’ and ‘euphoria’. For us, ‘Metaphoria’ is a word that captures the extraordinary imagery in the Qur’an, and how these images and examples are then used to convey powerful meanings.

During this conference, various teachers will explore the themes and styles in the following verses, all containing the word ‘mathal’ (parable/example). These verses will be grouped into five sessions, and these sessions will highlight how the images are used to present contrasting concepts, describe human traits, highlight the power of God, clarify the nature of the world or simply introduce inspiring narratives.