The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society by Adrian Gully

By Adrian Gully

This booklet offers a different research of letter writing within the heart Islamic interval. This was once a major element of highbrow existence one of the ruling periods in that interval and it will possibly let us know greatly concerning the cultural background of the time. the writer units epistolography inside of a much wider context, drawing on similarities among Islamic modes of letter writing and people of Western cultures. He ties within the the most important suggestion of the facility of the pen in Islamic society with epistemological tendencies and relationships of dependency one of the paperwork.

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Such a reaction to what the pen produces gives some idea of how alien the notion of ‘speaking through script’ must have seemed to people whose main, or only, medium of communication is, or was, oral. Goldberg’s reference as part of this discussion to the ‘civilizing’ function of the hand is perhaps deliberately placed in parentheses, for such a notion is debatable. Goldberg, Writing Matter, p. 249. See Constable, Letters and Letter-Collections, p. 13. For an excellent analysis of this, and more, see Patel, Sa‘id al-ShartËnÈ: A Humanist of the Arab Renaissance pp.

23. Gully and Hinde, ‘QÅbËs ibn WušmagÈr’, passim. 24. Murphy, Rhetoric in the Middle Ages, p. 210. 25. Carter, ‘Humanism in Medieval Islam’, p. 30. 26. Arazi, ‘Une épître d’IbrÅhÈm b. HilÅl al-ÍÅbÈ’, p. 489. 27. ), Aristotle on Rhetoric, p. 198, n. 17. 28. Pivec, Stil- und Sprachentwicklung, p. 35. The foundations [ 25 29. Perelman, ‘The Medieval Art of Letter Writing’, p. 107. 30. Pivec, Stil- und Sprachentwicklung, p. 35. 31. Murphy, ‘Rhetoric in the Fifteenth Century’, p. 237. 32. Ibn ŠÈt al-QurašÈ, Ma‘Ålim al-KitÅba, p.

20. Lanham, Salutatio Formulas in Latin Letters to 1200, p. 2. 21. One definition of the term ars dictaminis runs thus: ‘the theory of writing letters in prose; the term is also applied to a treatise or manual on the subject’. See Murphy, Rhetoric in the Middle Ages, p. 219. 22. For details of Alberic’s work see the section on ‘The Art of Letter Writing’ in Murphy’s Rhetoric in the Middle Ages, pp. 194–268, but p. 210 esp. For an example of stylistic analysis of Latin, in addition to that of Lanham’s (see n.

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