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The reader in al-Jāḥiẓ : the epistolary rhetoric of an Arabic prose master

Author: Thomas H Hefter
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2014]
Series: Edinburgh studies in classical Arabic literature.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Thomas Hefter takes a new approach in interpreting some of al-Jāḥiẓ's "epistolary monographs." By focussing on the varying ways in which he wrote to the addressee, Hefter shows how al-Jāḥiẓ shaped his conversations on the page in order to guide (or manipulate) his actual readers and encourage them to engage with his complex materials.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hefter, Thomas H.
Reader in al-Jāḥiẓ
Named Person: Jāḥiẓ; Jāḥiẓ; Jāḥiẓ; ʿAmr Ibn-Baḥr al- Ǧāḥiẓ; Jāḥiẓ
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas H Hefter
ISBN: 9780748692750 0748692754 9781306892001 1306892007 1474400965 9781474400961
OCLC Number: 882104953
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages).
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Addressee and the Occasion of Writing --
2. Epistolary Confrontations and Dialectics of Parody --
3. Undisclosed Origins and Homelands --
4. Faulting Misers in the Introduction to Kitab al-Bukhala --
5. Passive Addressee and Critical Reader in the Abu al-c As/Ibn al-Taw am Debate.
Series Title: Edinburgh studies in classical Arabic literature.
Responsibility: Thomas Hefter.


The 9th-century essayist, theologian and encyclopedist 'Amr b Bahr al-Jahiz has long been acknowledged as a master of early Arabic prose writing. This book looks at letters from one of the most  Read more...


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