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

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633739

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633739.001.0001

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Epistolary Protocol

Epistolary Protocol

(p.166) Chapter 7 Epistolary Protocol
The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society

Adrian Gully

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies in detail some of the specific elements of epistolary protocol, first examining the two elements of letter-writing that were emphasised by the secretaries – the salutation and the honorifics – and second, discussing the relationship between the initial correspondence and the response. Last, it provides two samples of very different types of letters that indicate the manner of how the letter was constructed and on what theoretical bases.

Keywords:   epistolary protocol, letter-writing elements, salutation, honorifics, initial correspondence

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