Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

Get access

Orality [Supplement 2016]
(2,226 words)

Orality is the quality of spoken, as opposed to written, communication. The Arabic Qurʾān emerged against the backdrop of a long history of oral poetic composition and recitation (see poetry and poets; orality and writing in Arabia). It is a composite text consisting of oral recitations that was born in an oral culture of great refinement. It is hard to over-emphasise the importance of oral poetry among the northern Arab tribal nomads of the pre-Islamic world (see pre-Islamic Arabia and the Qurʾān; Arabs; bedouin). Their major art form was the spoken word of poetry, and in pa…

Cite this page
William A. Graham, “Orality [Supplement 2016]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050495>
First published online: 2016

▲   Back to top   ▲