A Pragmatic Study of Sufism in Shafak's Novel ''The Forty Rules of Love''


  • Hashim Aliwy Mohammed Alhusseini College of Education for Humanities, University of Wasit, Iraq
  • Bushra Abd Hassan College of Education for Humanities, University of Wasit, Iraq




Keywords: Sufism, Pragmatic Study, Grice's Theory of Implicature, Cooperative Principles.


       The present study identifies the pragmatic aspects of Sufism in the English novel The Forty Rules of Love by the Turkish novelist Elif Shafak (2010). This study aims to clarify the concept of Sufism and its pragmatic aspects that are used in the Sufi language and particularly in Shafak’s novel The Forty Rules of Love. In order to achieve the aims of this study, the researchers adopt a model which is based on Grice’s Theory of Implicature and Cooperative principles (1975) by selecting Five representative texts from the English novel The Forty Rules of Love in order to represent and cover all the aspects of Sufism. The researchers follow two levels of analysis to examine the aspects of the Sufi language according to their contextual factors and pragmatic analysis. In this study, it is concluded that the Sufi language is represented by certain pragmatic aspects to reflect their philosophical ideas such as the concept of implicature. It is also concluded that the selected texts reflect the Sufi thoughts, themes, and symbolisms.


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How to Cite

Aliwy Mohammed Alhusseini , H. ., & Abd Hassan, B. . (2020). A Pragmatic Study of Sufism in Shafak’s Novel ’’The Forty Rules of Love’’. Journal of Education College Wasit University, 2(39), 611-634. https://doi.org/10.31185/eduj.Vol2.Iss39.1427