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Abolfazl Horri

Abolfazl Horri

Academic rank: Associate Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0260-6551
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 54970572400
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University


Narrative Models of Characterization in the Quranic Stories
Narratology, Quran, Character, Direct, Indirect
Journal Journal of Contemporary Islamic Studies
Researchers Abolfazl Horri


This article examines the narrative models of Quranic characters and characterization from the perspective of narratological approaches. First, the weaknesses and strengths of character-oriented narrative theories in the West (Propp, Greimas, Bremond and Todorov) are pointed out in the light of the characteristics of Quranic people. Then, Chatman, and Rimmon-Kenan's views on character traits are expressed in more detail. This article also talks about the fact that Quranic people sometimes correspond to these models and sometimes not. Then the typology of people and direct and indirect ways as two indicators of characterization in Quranic stories are mentioned. The direct method is done by describing the outward characteristics, and the indirect one is done by the action, speech, environment, and description of the external specifications of the people. In general, Quranic people are a part of the plot and subject of the story’s actions, as well as people with natural actions. The Quran has used these methods in a good way. These two methods are explained by mentioning some examples of Quranic verses. It seems necessary to slightly modify or expand the narrative characterization models concerning the Quranic stories