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By George N. Atiyeh

The booklet within the Islamic international brings jointly severe reports at the ebook as an highbrow entity and as a car of cultural improvement. Written through a bunch of unusual students, it examines and displays upon this specified instrument of conversation now not as a actual artifact yet as a manifestation of the aspirations, values, and knowledge of Arabs and Muslims mostly. The Islamic approach of ebook construction differed from that of the West. This quantity indicates the peculiarities of e-book making and the highbrow ideas that ruled a book's internal constitution, mysteries, and effect on tradition. Investigated and defined are the problems desirous about printing; the compilation of the Koran, crucial booklet in Islam; attitudes towards books; the oral as opposed to the written culture; metaphors of the booklet in literature; biographical dictionaries, a big style of Islamic books; the grammatical culture; women's contribution to calligraphy; medical manuscripts; the transition from scribal to print tradition; publishing within the smooth Arab international; and the recent digital media, a non-book motor vehicle of verbal exchange, and its impression on schooling.

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And when someone else was asked why he did not buy books to have them in his house, he replied that it was his lack of knowledge that prevented him from building up a library. He was told that one who does not know buys books in order to know. : (d. 255/868) to the same effect, with the stress on the idea that all written materials should be investigated as to whether they contain information not found elsewhere. 35 The third consideration concerns books as a scholar's indispensable tools. He should therefore have them handy at all times: "A judge," the story goes, "used to go into debt to buy books.

He was told that one who does not know buys books in order to know. : (d. 255/868) to the same effect, with the stress on the idea that all written materials should be investigated as to whether they contain information not found elsewhere. 35 The third consideration concerns books as a scholar's indispensable tools. He should therefore have them handy at all times: "A judge," the story goes, "used to go into debt to buy books. ' " 36 Further in the same vein: "A carpenter had to sell his ax and saw.

One is now bound to view it as a "single composition," jumlah wiil}idah (25, al-Furqiin: 30), or as "unrolled sheets," $U/Jujun munashsharah (84, al-Mudaththar: 52). These definitions, however, were once disclaimed, and indeed they did not fit into the early stages of the message. We must bear in mind, though, that it was through organized recitation that the Koranic message sustained its phonic power, connected with a remem- The Koranic Text: From Revelation to Compilation 27 brance, with a breath, with a voice, all so linked together as to evoke the image of the collectivity, rather than mere individuality.

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