Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of the Gog and Magog Narrative

Friday, November 20th, 2015, 13:09 WIB

proposal seminar

One of ICRS students, Abrahem Masuwd Mowafg (batch 2013), presented the socio-rethorical analysis of the Gog and Magog Narrative from Surat the Cave in his proposal seminar on Monday, November 16, 2015. In his presentation, Mowafg said that apocalyptic narratives are very influential in shaping the human understanding of the future. Yajuj (Gog) and Majuj (Magog) narrative in the Quran is one of those narratives which connect the three Abrahamic religions and shapes the social understanding of many contemporary issues such as the Arab Revolutions and ISIS appearance.

In this proposal, Mowafg suggests the Socio-Rhetorical interpretation to explore the various levels that existed within the narrative. “Surprisingly, a review of the interpretation of this narrative shows the failure to connect it to the overall context of its origin which is Judaism in this case” Mowafg said.

The interpretation process includes a close examination of the inner texture to see how the inner structure influences the meaning. The second step is to examine the inter texture which investigates the text in relation to other texts. The last steps involve the exploration of the social and cultural texture, the ideological texture and the sacred texture.