Islam (Ислам): Studying a Conceptual Metaphor in Russian
Keywords:Islam, Conceptual metaphor, Russian language, Language and thought
Objective This article aims to use cognitive linguistic theory to examine the concept of Islam (Ислам) reflected as a metaphorical expression in the Russian language.
Methodology Qualitative research was done with data collected from academic and non-academic publications, newspapers and other relevant texts found on the Russian National Corpus of the Institute of Russian language, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Research Findings Metaphorical expressions reveal concepts such as [ISLAM IS A HUMAN BEING] [ISLAM IS AN OBJECT] [ISLAM IS A POLITICAL INSTRUMENT] [ISLAM IS A CULTURE OR CIVILIZATION] [ISLAM IS A LAW] [ISLAM IS LIFE]. These concepts cohere with the religious viewpoint that in addition to being a religion, Islam is also a multi-dimensional way of life. Islam has positive connotations, making peace and justice accessible for human society, as well as negative ones: causing societal conflict and anxiety.
Contributions These findings may be used to help understand perceptions of Islam in the Russian speaking access. They may also represent a case study in the study of language and thought as well as cross-cultural communication issues.
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