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Orality and Writing in Arabia
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Transmission of knowledge through the spoken and written word. In pre-Islamic Arabia, culture was largely transmitted orally, with writing being used for practical matters of daily life (i.e. trade; see selling and buying ) — although there was an awareness of Jewish and Christian scriptures (see scripture and the qurʾān; pre-is…

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Jones, Alan, “Orality and Writing in Arabia”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 11 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00140>

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