Book ID: CBB087060759

The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural History of Reading Practices (2013)


Konrad Hirschler (Author)

Edinburgh University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 304 pp.
Language: English

Winner of the 2012 BRISMES book prize. How the written text became accessible to wider audiences in medieval Egypt and Syria. Medieval Islamic societies belonged to the most bookish cultures of their period. Using a wide variety of documentary, narrative and normative sources, Konrad Hirschler explores the growth of reading audiences in a pre-print culture.The uses of the written word grew significantly in Egypt and Syria between the 11th and the 15th centuries, and more groups within society started to participate in individual and communal reading acts. New audiences in reading sessions, school curricula, increasing numbers of endowed libraries and the appearance of popular written literature all bear witness to the profound transformation of cultural practices and their social contexts.

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Review Thomas F. Glick (2013) Review of "The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural History of Reading Practices". Medieval Encounters (pp. 481-482). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Brentjes, Sonja
Hoffman, Christopher R.
Burkholder, Robert E.
Downey, Greg J.
Smith, Pamela H.
Fischer-Kattner, Anke
Early Medieval Europe
Foundations of Chemistry
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Intellectual History of the Islamicate World
Nazariyat: İslam Felsefe ve Bilim Tarihi Araştırmaları Dergisi (Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences)
Oxford University Press
Yale University Press
Brepols Publishers
University of Toronto Press
Cambridge University Press
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Teaching; pedagogy
Linguistic or semantic analysis
Abbadie, Antoine d'
Darwin, Charles Robert
Cassirer, Ernst
Yearous-Algozin, Joey
Eigner, Larry
Della Porta, Giovan Battista
Great Britain
United States
Middle and Near East
Mediterranean region
19th century
20th century
16th century
17th century
18th century
15th century
Royal Society of London

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