Culture of Letter Writing in Pre Modern Islamic Society

I don't speak of the arms of blood-shedding, but of writing weapons, which are
necessary for our purpose.'23 All of this, of course, falls neatly into the domain of
Derridean discourse, as Goldberg inevitably notes, with 'the reappropriation of ...

Author: Adrian Gully

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748633746

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society received an honourable mention from the British-Kuwait Friendship Society at BRISMES 2009Writing letters was an important component of intellectual life in the Middle Islamic period, telling us much about the cultural history of pre-modern Islamic society. This book offers a unique analysis of letter-writing, focusing on the notion of the power of the pen. The author looks at the wider context of epistolography, relating it to the power structures of Islamic society in that period. He also attempts to identify some of the similarities and differences between Muslim modes of letter-writing and those of western cultures.One of the strengths of this book is that it is based on a wide range of primary Arabic sources, thus reflecting the broader epistemological importance of letter-writing in Islamic society.

Writing Across Culture

This book is about culture shock and the writing process.

Author: Kenneth Wagner

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820419230

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 154

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This book is about culture shock and the writing process. For a student, the relationship between writing and the challenge of living in a foreign culture may not be obvious. The purpose of Writing Across Culture is to aid the student in documenting and analyzing the connection. If culture can be broadly defined as the unwritten rules of every-day life, one effective method for learning these rules is to write about them as they are discovered. In this way, it is possible to see writing as a tool for cultural inquiry and comprehension, and, hence, an antidote for culture shock. Writing Across Culture encourages its readers to become writers engaged in a dialogue - between the individual and the new society - about everyday cultural differences.

Books and Written Culture of the Islamic World

The school of Nisibis and the development of scholastic culture in Late Antique
Mesopotamia, Philadelphia 2006. Brown, P.: The culture of Late Antiquity, 150–
750, London 2002. Cuypers, M.: The banquet: A reading of the fifth sura of the ...

Author: Andrew Rippin

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004283756

Category: History

Page: 424

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An international group of twenty-one friends and colleagues join together to explore authors, genres and traditions of the Muslim world reflecting and honouring the contribution of Claude Gilliot to Islamic studies.

The Writing Culture of Ordinary People in Europe C 1860 1920

In this period, however, even peasants confronted written culture on an everyday
basis as they too became part of the democratisation of writ— ing practices. I
have chosen three societies for investigation — namely, France, Italy and Spain.

Author: Martyn Lyons

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107018891

Category: History

Page: 278

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A fascinating account of how ordinary people met the challenges of literacy in modern Europe, as distances between people increased.

Approaches to the History of Written Culture

because it formed part of a long debate about the nature of 'popular culture'
which originated in the 1960s with a book by ... into one another, he nevertheless
clung to the idea of two distinct cultural camps, especially when it came to writing.

Author: Martyn Lyons

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319541365

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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This book investigates the history of writing as a cultural practice in a variety of contexts and periods. It analyses the rituals and practices determining intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing as well as bureaucratic and religious writing. From the inscribed images of ‘pre-literate’ societies, to the democratization of writing in the modern era, access to writing technology and its public and private uses are examined. In ten studies, presented by leading historians of scribal culture from seven countries, the book investigates the uses of writing in non-alphabetical as well as alphabetical script, in societies ranging from Native America and ancient Korea to modern Europe. The authors emphasise the material characteristics of writing, and in so doing they pose questions about the definition of writing itself. Drawing on expertise in various disciplines, they give an up-to-date account of the current state of knowledge in a field at the forefront of ‘Book History’.

The Culture of Craft

Showing is different from speaking or writing . Writing has assumed considerable
importance in the battle of the status of the crafts because the written text has
itself a high cultural status . From the craftsperson's point of view no writing is
more ...

Author: Peter Dormer

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719046181

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 242

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Dormer presents a series of lively, clearly argued discussions about the relevance of handicraft in a world whose aesthetics and design are largely determined by technology. The question of computer aided design in craft is also addressed.

The Culture of Reading and the Teaching of English

at best implicit in students ' written work . ... patterns are influenced much more
than we generally acknowledge by larger cultural assumptions concerning the
nature of reading , writing , knowledge , and the educational system in general .

Author: Kathleen McCormick

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719032202

Category: Education

Page: 227

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The Culture of Epistolarity

Vernacular Letters and Letter Writing in Early Modern England, 1500-1700 Gary
Schneider ... 1 Earlier in the century, King James, writing to Buckingham and
Prince Charles, confesses "I am forced (yea, and delights) to converse with them
by ...

Author: Gary Schneider

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874138752

Category: History

Page: 388

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This book is an extensive investigation of letters and letter writing across two centuries, focusing on the sociocultural function and meaning of epistolary writing - letters that were circulated, were intended to circulate, or were perceived to circulate within the culture of epistolarity in early modern England. The study examines how the letter functioned in a variety of social contexts, yet also assesses what the letter meant as idea to early modern letter writers, investigating letters in both manuscript and print contexts. It begins with an overview of the culture of epistolarity, examines the material components of letter exchange, investigates how emotion was persuasively textualized in the letter, considers the transmission of news and intelligence, and examines the publication of letters as propaganda and as collections of moral-didactic, personal, and state letters. Gary Schneider is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas-Pan American.

The Culture of the Book in Tibet

György Kara, Books of the Mongolian Nomads: More Than Eight Centuries of
Writing Mongolian (Bloomington: Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 2005
), surveys a broad range of topics in the written culture of Mongolia, and should ...

Author: Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231147170

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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The history of the book in Tibet involves more than literary trends and trade routes. Functioning as material, intellectual, and symbolic object, the book has been an instrumental tool in the construction of Tibetan power and authority, and its history opens a crucial window onto the cultural, intellectual, and economic life of an immensely influential Buddhist society. Spanning the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Kurtis R. Schaeffer envisions the scholars and hermits, madmen and ministers, kings and queens who produced Tibet's massive canons. He describes how Tibetan scholars edited and printed works of religion, literature, art, and science and what this indicates about the interrelation of material and cultural practices. The Tibetan book is at once the embodiment of the Buddha's voice, a principal means of education, a source of tradition and authority, an economic product, a finely crafted aesthetic object, a medium of Buddhist written culture, and a symbol of the religion itself. Books stood at the center of debates on the role of libraries in religious institutions, the relative merits of oral and written teachings, and the economy of religion in Tibet. A meticulous study that draws on more than 150 understudied Tibetan sources, The Culture of the Book in Tibet is the first volume to trace this singular history. Through a single object, Schaeffer accesses a greater understanding of the cultural and social history of the Tibetan plateau.

Shaftesbury and the Culture of Politeness

Moral Discourse and Cultural Politics in Early Eighteenth-Century England
Lawrence E. Klein ... just an abstract idea for him but a repeated figure, through
which the self, philosophy, moral behavior, writing, and culture could be

Author: Lawrence E. Klein

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521418062

Category: History

Page: 217

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A study of the social and political thought of the third Earl of Shaftesbury, a pivotal figure in eighteenth-century thought and culture.

The Culture of AIDS in Africa

Many ethnographers have written about the ways oral narratives serve as a
primary venue for the transmission of important ... while also examining the role
of the ethnographer as an advocate in ethnomusicological fieldwork and writing.

Author: Gregory Barz

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199744480

Category: Medical

Page: 500

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The Culture of AIDS in Africa presents 30 chapters offering a multifaceted, nuanced, and deeply affective portrait of the relationship between HIV/AIDS and the arts in Africa, including source material such as song lyrics and interviews.

The Culture of Spontaneity

In writing of the culture of spontaneity , I am aware that the term “ culture ” has
been defined in many ways . I use the term in a sense derived from anthropology
, to refer to ( 1 ) a coherent set of practices , ( 2 ) the beliefs and values structuring

Author: Daniel Belgrad

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226041883

Category: Art

Page: 343

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In the first comprehensive history of the postwar avant-garde, "Belgrad contributes valuable insight and original scholarship to the study of 'projective' and 'spontaneous' aesthetics among cutting edge art movements of the American midcentury" (Tom Clark, author of "Jack Kerouac: A Biography"). 8 color plates. 28 halftones.

Writing Material Culture History

case studies refer to two classic anthropological works that remain key to the
interdisciplinary study of material culture ... Writing against this, Douglas argued
that far from being peripheral to social and political life, 'Consumption is the very

Author: Anne Gerritsen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472518590

Category: Art

Page: 304

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Writing Material Culture History examines the methodologies currently used in the historical study of material culture. Touching on archaeology, art history, literary studies and anthropology, the book provides history students with a fundamental understanding of the relationship between artefacts and historical narratives. The role of museums, the impact of the digital age and the representations of objects in public history are just some of the issues addressed in a book that brings together key scholars from around the world. A range of artefacts, including a 16th-century Peruvian crown and a 19th-century Alaskan Sea Lion overcoat, are considered, illustrating the myriad ways in which objects and history relate to one another. Bringing together scholars working in a variety of disciplines, this book provides a critical introduction for students interested in material culture, history and historical methodologies.

The Culture of Enterprise in Neoliberalism

He claimed that before the foreword, there had been writing and words that
would be disregarded and forgotten by any artificially set starting point. Before
this foreword came into being, a considerable amount of writing was done.
Before that ...

Author: Tomas Marttila

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136208799

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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This book provides an empirical study of the increasing importance of the concept of the entrepreneur in the context of the neoliberal cultural paradigm. Using the theoretical framework of the post-structural discourse theory and methods of qualitative discourse analysis, the book describes the changes in political discourse that resulted in the increasing dominance of the figure of the entrepreneur after the late 1980s.

Eloquent Obsessions

Out of the core of experience, these essays began as obsessions.

Author: Marianna Torgovnick

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 082231472X

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

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Out of the core of experience, these essays began as obsessions. Whether founded in some strongly lived moment, deeply held conviction, long-term interest, or persistent and unanswered question, these essays reveal the writer’s voice—personal, often passionate, full of conviction, certainly unmistakable. Marianna Torgovnick has drawn together writings by leading contemporary scholars in the humanities, representing fields of literary criticism, American and Romance studies, anthropology, and art history. Eloquent Obsessions presents cultural criticism at its thoughtful and writerly best. This collection explores a wide range of issues at the intersection of personal and social history—from growing up in the South to exploring a love for France or Japan, from coming of age as a feminist to mapping the history of National Geographic, from examining the cultural "we" to diagnosing class structures in Israel or showing how photography deals with AIDS. The authors here bring writerly genres—autobiography, memoir, or travel narrative—to intellectual tasks such as textual readings or investigating the histories of institutions. Continuing a tradition of cultural criticism established by writers such as Samuel Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Edmund Wilson, Hannah Arendt, or Raymond Williams, these essays seek to make a difference, to have an impact, and are based on the fundamental premise that writers have something to say about society. Simply put, this collection offers models for writing eloquently about culture—models that are intellectually and socially responsible, but attuned to the critic’s voice and the reader’s ear. Aimed not just at academics but also at a more general audience alive to the concerns and interests of society today, Eloquent Obsessions, a revised and expanded version of a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (Winter 1992), will extend beyond the academy contemporary ways of writing about culture. Contributors. Jane Collins, Cathy N. Davidson, Virginia R. Dominguez, Mark Edmundson, Gerald Graff, Richard Inglis, Aldona Jonaitis, Alice Yaeger Kaplan, Catherine Lutz, Nancy K. Miller, Linda Orr, Andrew Ross, Henry M. Sayre, Jane Tompkins, Marianna Torgovnick

After Writing Culture

With fourteen articles written by well-known anthropologists, this book addresses the theme of representation in anthropology and explores the directions in which anthropology is moving followi ng the "writing culture" debates of the 1980s.

Author: Association of Social Anthropologists. Conference

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041515006X

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

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With fourteen articles written by well-known anthropologists, this book addresses the theme of representation in anthropology and explores the directions in which anthropology is moving followi ng the "writing culture" debates of the 1980s.

The Culture of Profession in Late Renaissance Italy

A press such as the Giolito publishing house ( 1536 – 1606 ) in Venice is
illustrative of this commercialization of culture and the professionalization of
writing , translating , and editing for a popular audience . Several figures who will
appear in ...

Author: George W. McClure

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802089704

Category: History

Page: 373

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From Latin humanists to popular writers, Italian Renaissance culture spawned a lively debate on vocational choice and the nature of profession. In The Culture of Profession in Late Renaissance Italy, George W. McClure examines the turn this debate took in the second half of the Renaissance, when the learned 'praise and rebuke' of profession began to be complemented with more popular forms of discourse, and when less learned vocations made their voice heard. Focusing primarily on sources assembled and published in the sixteenth century, McClure's study explores professional themes in comic, festive, and popular print culture. A pivotal figure is Tomaso Garzoni, a monk whose popular encyclopedia, Universal Piazza of all the Professions of the World, was published in 1585. A funnel for earlier traditions and an influence on later ones, this massive compendium treated over 150 categories of profession - juxtaposing the world of philosophers and poets, lawyers and physicians, merchants and artisans, teachers and printers, cooks and chimneysweeps, prostitutes and procurers. If the conventional view is that Italian Renaissance society generally grew more aristocratic in the later period, this and other sources reveal a professional ethos more democratic in nature and bespeak the full cultural discovery of the middling and lowly professions in the late Renaissance.

Writing the Nation

Texts . . . . . Any critical discussion of Caribbean writing will , at some point ,
consider ...

Author: John Charles Hawley

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9051839383

Category: History

Page: 217

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The fourteen essays in this volume contribute significantly to a consideration of the interplay between nation and narration that currently dominates both literary and cultural studies. With the fervent reassertion of tribal domains throughout the world, and with the consequent threat to the stability of a common discourse in putative countries once mapped and subsequently dominated by colonizing powers, the need for such studies becomes increasingly obvious. Whose idea of a nation is to prevail throughout these postcolonial territories; whose claims to speak for a people are to be legitimized by international agreement; amid the demands of patriotic rhetoric, what role may be allowed for individual expression that attempts to transcend the immediate political agenda; who may assume positions of authority in defining an ethnic paradigm — such are the questions variously addressed in this volume.The essayists who here contribute to the discussion are students of the various national literatures that are now becoming more generally available in the West. The range of topics is broad — moving globally from the Caribbean and South America, through the African continent, and on to the Indian subcontinent, and moving temporally through the nineteenth century and into the closing days of our twentieth. We deal with poetry, fiction, and theoretical writings, and have two types of reader in mind: We hope to introduce the uninitiated to the breadth of this expanding field, and we hope to aid those with a specialized knowledge of one or other of these literatures in their consideration of the extent to which post-colonial writing may or may not form a reasonably unified field. We seek to avoid the new form of colonialism that might impose a theoretical template to these quite divergent writings, falsely rendering it all accessible and familiar. At the same time, we do note questions and concerns that cross borders, whether these imagined lines are spatial, temporal, gendered or racial.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope

What complicates the situation further is the unstable distinction between readers
and writers. As the “reviewers-reviewed” genre makes evident, periodical writers
are periodical readers; conversely, there are many ways for lay readers to ...

Author: Joel Faflak

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442665750

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity. The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.