Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 February 2008

232 Pages

ISBN: 9780748633739

Bookseller Code (06)

The Culture of Letter-Writing in Pre-Modern Islamic Society

Adrian Gully

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Evaluates the background to letter-writing as the principal representation of state documents and communication
  • Takes a close look at the literary principles employed in that process
  • Considers the important social and intellectual role of the secretary and how he fitted into the power structure of Islamic society during this period
  • Argues that the voluminous collections of letters, written mainly in artistic prose, can be classified as an epistolary genre in their own right
  • Shows that Islamic letter-writing was very culture-specific