Winner of the 2012 BRISMES book prize. Medieval Islamic societies belonged to the most bookish cultures of their period. Using a wide variety of documentary, narrative and normative sources, Konrad Hirschler explores the growth of reading audiences in
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‘The book is a rare combination of an elegant read and meticulous scholarship. It is both a competent digest of research in different fields and a sound analysis of hitherto untapped sources, at the same time immensely rich and remarkably brief. Hirschler is able to dissolve the chronological and regional imbalances of the available sources into a coherent, well written narrative, without glossing over the lacunae those sources confront him with.’
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Konrad Hirschler is Professor of History of Near and Middle East at Freie UniversitŠt Berlin. He is the author of The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands (2012) and Medieval Arabic Historiography: Authors as Actors (2006) as well as co-editor of Man