Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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The inability to read or write any language. This inability puts a person at a disadvantage and is regarded as a defect in societies where culture transmission and human communication occurs through writing (Meagher, Illiteracy, 1766b). In considering the situation in Arabia at the time of the prophet Muḥammad (d. 632 c.e.), however, quite different categories have to be applied: the common cultural and histo…

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Günther, Sebastian, “Illiteracy”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00090>

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