Paper: Understanding The Thematic Structure Of The Qur'an: An Exploratory Multivariate Approach

ACL ID P05-2002
Title Understanding The Thematic Structure Of The Qur'an: An Exploratory Multivariate Approach
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2005
Authors

In this paper, we develop a methodology for discovering the thematic structure of the Qur’an based on a fundamental idea in data mining and related disciplines: that, with respect to some collection of texts, the lexical frequency profiles of the individual texts are a good indicator of their conceptual content, and thus provide a reliable criterion for their classification relative to one another. This idea is applied to the discovery of thematic interrelationships among the suras (chapters) of the Qur’an by abstracting lexical frequency data from them and then applying hierarchical cluster analysis to that data. The results reported here indicate that the proposed methodology yields usable results in understanding the Qur’an on the basis of its lexical semantics.