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The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society

Adrian Gully


Writing letters was an important component of intellectual life in the Middle Islamic period, telling us much about the cultural history of pre-modern Islamic society. This book offers an analysis of letter-writing, focusing on the notion of the power of the pen. The author looks at the wider context of epistolography, relating it to the power structures of Islamic society in that period, and also attempts to identify some of the similarities and differences between Muslim modes of letter-writing and those of western cultures. One of the strengths of the book is that it is based on a wide rang ... More

Keywords: intellectual life, Middle Islamic period, letter-writing, epistolography, power structures, Islamic society, Muslim, western cultures, Arabic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633739
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Gully, author