Book Announcement: Hermeneutics and the Problem of Translating Traditional Arabic Texts

Hermeneutics and the Problem of Translating Traditional Arabic Texts now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp170, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Hermeneutics and the Problem of Translating Traditional Arabic Texts by Alsayed M. Aly Ismail.

This book focuses on the problematic issues arising when translating and interpreting classical Arabic texts, which represent a challenging business for many scholars, especially with regards to religious texts. Additionally, the reception of these interpretations and translations not only informs the perception of Muslims and their awareness of the outside world, but also impacts the vision and perception of non-Muslims of Islam and the Muslim world.

Consequently, this book reconsiders the concepts of understanding and interpretation, and their nexus in the mechanism of translation, and proposes a novel, hermeneutic method of translating, interpreting, and understanding traditional and classical Arab texts. Handling the issues of understanding from a hermeneutical perspective is shown here to remove the possibility of translation and interpretation rendering a distorted translated text. Drawing on the powerful interpretive theories of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Martin Heidegger, the hermeneutic method of translation starts from a premise that the meaning of a classical text cannot be deduced solely by linguistic analysis of its words, but requires in-depth investigation of the invisible, contextual elements that control and shape its meaning. Traditional texts are seen in this model as ‘travelling texts’ whose meaning is transformed across time and space.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

All Cambridge Scholars authors and contributors are entitled to a 40% discount on this title, to claim this simply enter the author discount code on the My Order page after adding the book to your basket from the link above. For further information about the author discount, please contact

Hermeneutics and the Problem of Translating Traditional Arabic Texts can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Author

Alsayed M. Aly Ismail is an Assistant Professor of Translation Studies and Comparative Literature at Sattam Bin Abdualaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His research focus includes literary theory, translation theory, comparative literature and philosophy.


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