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The Reader in al-JāḥiẓThe Epistolary Rhetoric of an Arabic Prose Master$
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Thomas Hefter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692743

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692743.001.0001

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(p.250) Conclusion
The Reader in al-Jāḥiẓ

Thomas Hefter

Edinburgh University Press

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.

Keywords:   Arabic letters, Arabic rhetoric, Arabic essays

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