Free Book Online
Book The Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the Read (New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys) (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)

Pdf

The Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the Read (New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys) (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)

2.4 (2960)

Log in to rate this item

    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | The Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the Read (New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys) (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys).pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Gregor Schoeler(Author)

    Book details


This book brings together various lines of research pursued by Gregor Schoeler over a number of years. Its central question is concerned with what 'publishing' and 'Arabic Literature' entailed in the period of Classical Islam -- how were ideas transmitted, both aurally and in written form? Following a chronological line, the author begins by exploring the ways in which texts were published in the early Islamic period: official documents were written and placed in a shrine; poetry was passed on orally and aurally, through recitations, supported by rough notes to assist in the transmission. He goes on to consider the Qur'an as it became an official written document, thereby reducing the role of the Qur'anic readers who recited the text (although the importance of hearing the text remained). Further chapters consider the earliest days of Islamic religious sciences, with the systematic collection of information about the life of the Prophet and his companions, and the beginnings of 'academic teaching' and 'school literature', again with knowledge being transmitted via a combination of written texts and recitation.The court's role in the development and transmission of Arabic literature, including translations and adaptations of works from other languages is also explored. The author concludes by asking what would have influenced the development and transmission of knowledge in the early Islamic period and finds it to have been a synthesis of elements from three cultures: Arabic, Jewish and Hellenic-Christian.

A review such as this cannot do justice to the wealth of detail and useful insights contained in this book and readers are strongly recommended to read it for themselves...--the present work is clearly an important contribution to the necessary task of appreciating the co-existence and interplay of the oral and the written in early Islamic culture and how expectations about the one should not allow us to mistake or misunderstand the other. -- Yasin Dutton, University of Cape Town Journal of Islamic Studies A review such as this cannot do justice to the wealth of detail and useful insights contained in this book and readers are strongly recommended to read it for themselves...--the present work is clearly an important contribution to the necessary task of appreciating the co-existence and interplay of the oral and the written in early Islamic culture and how expectations about the one should not allow us to mistake or misunderstand the other.

2.2 (5235)
  • Pdf

*An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Formats for this Ebook

PDF
Required Software Any PDF Reader, Apple Preview
Supported Devices Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch.
# of Devices Unlimited
Flowing Text / Pages Pages
Printable? Yes

Book details

  • PDF | 160 pages
  • Gregor Schoeler(Author)
  • Edinburgh University Press; Revised edition (5 Jan. 2009)
  • English
  • 7
  • Religion & Spirituality

Read online or download a free book: The Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the Read (New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys) (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)

 

Review Text


Name:
Email*:
The message text*: