International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Passive Constructions in Surat Al-An’am Verses: an Analytical Descriptive Study
Dr. Alaa Tarif Gharaibeh

This study explores and analyses the passive voice constructions in the holy Quran in terms of their syntactic and semantic structures, as well as the functions they serve practically and rhetorically. Al-An’am Verses (The Cattle), which takes its name from vv. 136, 138 and 139 that refer to the beliefs of the idolatrous Arabs concerning the cattle (an`am). Passivation in the holy Quran is a phenomenon worthy of research, due to the various functions it serves and the implication it incorporates. The analytical descriptive method was used, and results showed the occurrence of both agentive and agentless passive structures in Al-An’am, with different stylistic and rhetorical functions. Implications for future research are provided.

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