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Al-Jā-hiẓ: In Praise of Books

James Montgomery


This book documents and explores a ninth century Muslim thinker’s response to an emergent information technology—widely available books written on rag-paper. By 850, in Baghdad rag-paper books were all the rage. A book market, with its professionals: stationers, copyists, booksellers and authors, emerged. A cosmopolitan society responded enthusiastically. Al-Jā?i? had, for most of his life, earned his living as an influential counselor, a special adviser to the elite. By the time of his death in 868/9, he had become a professional author. Al-Jā?i? was a bibliomaniac and prided himself on his e ... More

Keywords: ʿAbbasid intellectual and literary creativity, Al-Jāḥiẓ, Kalām, Book Studies, Design Argument, History of ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748683321
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Montgomery, author
University of Cambridge