1 PhD Student in Department of English, Faculty of Human Science, Islamic Azad University, Qom, Iran

2 Associate Professor in Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Bagher al-Uloum University, Qom, Iran (Corresponding Author)

3 Assistant Professor in Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Faculty of Human Science, Islamic Azad University, Qom, Iran


SUBJECT AND OBJECTIVES: The Holy Quran is a divine text and contains wise interpretations for the audience, which can be understood to some extent with the help of conceptual metaphors. The present study is an attempt to investigate the conceptual metaphors of “Selm” in examples of Quranic verses and its purpose is finding and understanding the conceptual metaphors of “Selm” in the Quran, their clarification and classification and then description, interpretation and explanation them. The question of this research is what kind of conceptual metaphors the Quran has used to objectify the abstract concept of peace and how can they be explained.
METHOD AND FINDING: The research is in the framework of the Charteris-Black metaphor critical analysis approach which is almost a qualitative research method. Therefore, with the help of the third version of the “Noor Jami’ al-Tafasir Software”, a sample body of 127 verses consisting of 54 keywords is extracted from the root of “Selm” Then their conceptual metaphors were examined. Based on the findings of this study, 37 conceptual metaphors have been extracted in the source domains of journey, conflict, religion, building, light and body parts. The source domains of light and conflict are the least productive and the source domain of journey with 72% of the total resonance is the most productive domain, which the conceptual key “peace is journey” can be deduced.
CONCLUSION: According to the research findings on the conceptual metaphors of “Selm”, it is clear that the approach of the Quran is peace-oriented.


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This article is extracted from the thesis for obtaining PhD in General Linguistics. We are very grateful to our dear families and also Mohammad Nouri Hamed and Elahe Mohebi, for their constant support. Also, the authors thank the Department of English Language and the Department of Arabic Language and Literature of Qom Islamic Azad University.

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