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      Taste My Punishment and My Warnings (Q. 54:39): On the Torments of Tantalus and Other Painful Metaphors of Taste in the Qur'an

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      Journal of Qur'anic Studies
      Edinburgh University Press
      taste, pain, disgust, senses, metaphors, taste in the Qur'an

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          In this article, I investigate a hitherto neglected aspect of the Qur'an's alimentary universe, namely its literary, cognitive, and sensory dimensions of taste. Thus, this article does not unfold the ritual, legal, and food-historical contexts and interpretations of the Qur'an which have been the usual priority of scholarship and exegesis. As a point of departure, I call attention to the fact that food and drink not only provide nourishment and gastronomic delight, but may just as well foster strong affective and bodily reactions of displeasure and disgust. The border between appetite and it's antithesis can be fine. Indeed, gustation or taste (part and parcel of food and drink) is very often connected to pain, punishment, and disgust in the Qur'an. Furthermore, the notion of taste plays an important role as an epistemic metaphor. In this study, three dimensions of alimentary and gustatory dystopias will be given analytical priority. I conclude that taste and the alimentary constitute a basic sensory and highly affective register by means of which the Qur'anic voice aims to appeal to and inculcate in its audience the almost visceral urgency of its renewed monotheist message.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                JQS
                Journal of Qur'anic Studies
                Edinburgh University Press ( The Tun - Holyrood Road, 12(2f) Jackson's Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ UK )
                1465-3591
                1755-1730
                February 2019
                : 21
                : 1
                : 1-20
                Affiliations
                University of Copenhagen
                Article
                10.3366/jqs.2019.0366
                fc950270-78d7-4050-8886-5dfd85ed8b88
                © Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS
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                References: 54, Pages: 20
                Categories
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                Islamic Studies

                Political science,Literature of other nations & languages,Art history & Criticism,Religious studies & Theology,Arab world & Islam,History
                taste in the Qur'an,pain,taste,disgust,senses,metaphors

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