A Delphi Study On Online Qur’ānic Themes
Thematic interpretations of al-Qur’ān (TIaQ) has a sensitivity due to the interrelation of Qur’ānic verses/ verse with each other. The purpose of this research was to extract the online Qur’ānic search engines (OQSE) and investigate the existing thematic interpretations of al-Qur’ān (TIaQ) based on the alignment with their relevant verses. The OQSEs provide the list of themes and the aligned verses theme and the aligned rhyme in their websites. The ambiguous thematic search engines have the possibility to mislead the user by retrieving nonaligned verses against a certain subject/theme (query) or the user may not fully understand the interpretations due to the incomplete results. The extracting of themes/topic and the aligned verses have been conducted using Cranfield’s Index Device method. Then a two-round Delphi method has been applied to justify the existing themes and the aligned verses by 20 experts of Qur’ānic discipline. There are 240 themes and 400 verses have been extracted and categorized into 40 thematic groups (TG). The experts’ justification through Delphi method has revealed that the accuracy of ordinated thematic groups in OQSE is 40% (16/40) only and the accuracy of the ordination of the themes and the verses achieved 35.41% (85/240). Despite the significant outcome of this research, the limitation recommends that further research should be conducted extracting more themes and aligned verses from OQSEs. Instead of 20 experts in Delphi, future research can concentrate on a big number of experts to investigate all the thematic verses of entire Qur’ān.
Keywords—Delphi; Thematic interpretation; Tafseer; Qur’ānic search, Qur’anic theme