The Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the Read by Gregor SchoelerThe Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the Read by Gregor Schoeler

The Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the Read

byGregor Schoeler

Paperback | January 5, 2009

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In the beginning was the Qur'an, the first book of Islam and also the first book of Arabic literature. Occasioned by the need to understand and interpret the word of God, and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims made an inventory and study of their tradition. This involved thecollection, transmission and instruction of the sacred text, of the words and deeds of Muhammad, and also of poetry, both from before and after the rise of Islam, or pre-Islamic events, indeed of all matters regarded as pertinent to the proper and scholarly study of the tradition.This activity, which began in the last third of the seventh century, relied predominantly on aural study with a master, that is, on oral communication between teacher and student, although writing was already an integral part of this process. And it was the genesis of one of the richest literaturesof late antiquity and the middle ages, as is clear from the widespread dissemination of scholarship through writing and the attendant proliferation of books. In the present work, Professor Schoeler explains how this change - from predominantly oral/aural to written - came about. In particular, helooks at the relationship between the aural and the written and explains how the tension between the oral and the written resulted in a creative coexistence.
Shawkat Toorawa is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies at the Cornell University.
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Title:The Genesis of Literature in Islam: From the Aural to the ReadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.39 inPublished:January 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748624686

ISBN - 13:9780748624683

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