The Dramatic Significance of Supernatural Elements in An-Naml Surah: The story of Prophet Solomon

  • Hassan Muhammad Hussein .


There is no doubt that the Holy Quran has reached perfection in the full sense of the word and there is no need for a researcher to spend much time to discover this perfection and greatness. This paper is an attempt  to explore some of this greatness by shedding light on the artistic elements in the style of the Quran in narrating the story of Prophet Solomon and to explore the dramatic value of the story and the roles that the supernatural elements introduced in the story convey dramatically. 

      The paper could implicate five sections; though it is not formally divided into sections , the first serves as an introduction. It clarifies the objective of the paper and its sections and explores the meaning of the key terms in the study. The second section will discuss the structural significance of the supernatural elements and show how they are important to build the overall framework of the whole story. The third is devoted to discussing the thematic significance of the supernatural elements. The fourth section deals with the characterization. It attempts to avail the development of main characters; supernatural or natural. Eventually, the fifth is a conclusion that sums up the findings of the study.


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2 Ibid.
3 A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005, p. 55
4 George T. knight, p. 311
5 Hudson Tuttle, System of Ethics, Harvard: Harvard university press 1994, p. 59.
6 George T. knight, p.314.
7 A. T. Johnson, Aspects of Supernatural in Shakespearean Tragedy, Burrow Library Monograph: Memphis 1959, p. 4.
8 C. E. Whitmore, The Supernatural in Tragedy, Oxford: Oxford university press 2004, p. 21.
9 Fredson Bowers, Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy 1587-1642, Princeton: Princeton Legacy Library, 1966.p. 68.
10 A. T. Johnson, p. 6
11 Ibid.
12 Ibid. , p. 7
13 Gustav Freytag, a definitive study of the 5-act dramatic structure, University of Illinois: Department of English (2006). Freytag’s Triangle Archived July 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
14 The researcher used the translation of Abdullah Yusuf Ali of the Holy Quran
15 Muhammad Al-Alusi : Rooh Al-Ma’iny , vol.7, Beirut: Scientific Books House 2004, p. 168.
16 All the translations of the Quran interpretations in the paper are done by the researcher.

17 Abu Hian Al-Andalusi, Al-Bahr Al-Muheet in Interpretation, vol. 8, Beirut: Intellect House for publishing and distribution, 1998, p.217
18 Muhammad bin Ashur , Al-Tahrir ,vol. 8, Tunis: Sahnun House, 2005, p. 216
19 Nassir Makarim, Al-Amthal, vol. 9 Beirut: Al-A’laa Foundation for publishing, 2008, p.422
20 Alaa’-Aldin Al-Baghdadi, Al-Khazin interpretation, vol. 3, Beirut: Scientific Books house, 1999, p. 346

21 Nassir Makarim, p.424

22 Abu Hian Al-Andalusi, p.240. Muhammad Al-Alusi, p.118. Muhammad bin Ashur, p.271
23 Muhammad Al-Alusi, p.19
24 The Researcher made a comprehensive academic study about the wars at the time of Prophet Muhammad
25 The researcher asked many specialists at Al-Qadissiya university about the issue of scientific miracles and their relation to their fields of study.


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Bin Ashur Muhammad. Al-Tahrir, vol. 8. Tunis: Sahnun House.2005
How to Cite
., H. M. H. (2022). The Dramatic Significance of Supernatural Elements in An-Naml Surah: The story of Prophet Solomon. Al-Qadisiyah Journal For Humanities Sciences, 25(1), 268-280. Retrieved from