Abstract

The focus of this paper is the conceptual analysis of metaphors of Lībās extracted from Holy Qurʻān, keeping under consideration the cognitive and linguistic viewpoints of the study of metaphor. A semasiological approach and insight is applied to the data from the Qurʻānic corpus where the symbolic significance of lībās (garment) metaphor is singled out linking it with the very concept and semantic undertones of the lexeme. Using Cognitive Theory of Metaphor (CMT) as the theoretical framework (Lakoff & Johnson), the translations from selected verses of Qurʻān are examined analytically and contrasted with consideration of the historical, social and religious aspects. The tenets of this theory have been utilized for the study of Conceptual Metaphorical Analysis (CMA) revealing how lībās (garment) metaphor has been used creatively and how it widely develops the understanding of the broader aspects of life. For this purpose, verses containing the Lībās metaphor are selected from Sūrah An-Nahl, Al- Arāf, Al- Hajj and Al Baqarah. The tenor and vehicle representation is taken after the concept of tenor, vehicle and ground of I.A Richards. The domain (source/ target) are also discussed to bring up a holistically semasiological view after the cognitive linguistic analysis of the metaphors.