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Writing and Writing Materials
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Inscribing characters, letters or words for others to read; the instruments (q.v.) used in such inscription. The Qurʾān attests to written materials and the process of writing with a variety of lexemes — both metaphorical and concrete (see metaphor ) — supplying evidence that supplements epigraphic traces of the development of writing in seventh-century Arabia (see orality and writing in arabia; arabic script). Among the most prominent qurʾānic terms for materials used in the writing process are: ink ( midād, q 18:109), parchment ( qirṭās, pl. qirāṭīs, q 6:7, 91), pen ( qalam, pl. aqlām;…

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Blair, Sheila S., “Writing and Writing Materials”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 09 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00466>

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