The rhetorical patterns illustrated in the book’s chapters are briefly recapitulated and related to the various ways the occasion of writing is potentially a zone of conflict between author and reader. It also treats the differences between the ‘epistolary monographs’ discussed in this book and other Arabic texts, including letters of al-Jāḥiẓ’s that portray a personal relationship rather than a set of preconceptions with regard to a specific topic.
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