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IJSSH 2018 Vol.8(1): 8-13 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2018.V8.925

A Linguistic Investigation of the Purposes, Forms and Meanings of Swearing by God in Arabic: A Case Study of Saudis Indigenous to the Province of Taif, KSA

Amir H. Abdalla
Abstract—This study surveys the opinions and attitudes of Saudis living in the province of Taif, western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as to the purposes, forms and meanings of swearing by God. A sample of randomly selected Saudis (n=100) participated in the study whose aim was to find out some of the reasons for which Saudis swear by God, how frequently they do swear by God together with the forms of swearing by God they commonly use. A questionnaire of two sections was used to collect data for the study. The opinions of the respondents shed light on how frequently Saudis swear by God, whether swearing by God is a purely religious matter and the extent to which Saudis look upon swearing by God in connection with age and gender.

Index Terms—Arabic, Muslim, swearing by god, syntactic structures of the forms of swearing by god.

Amir H. Abdalla is with College of Education & Science, Taif University, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: amrhus71@gmail.com).

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Cite: Amir H. Abdalla, "A Linguistic Investigation of the Purposes, Forms and Meanings of Swearing by God in Arabic: A Case Study of Saudis Indigenous to the Province of Taif, KSA," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 8-13, 2018.

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