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Author Jones, Linda Gale.
Title The power of oratory in the medieval Muslim world / Linda G. Jones.
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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Description xi, 298 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization
Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Laying the foundations -- The Khuṭba: the 'central jewel' of medieval Arab-Islamic prose -- Rhetorical and discursive strategies of persuasion in the Khuṭba -- Part 1: Putting it all together: texts, contexts, and performances -- Canonical orations: Friday sermons and wedding orations -- Thematic and occasional orations: political oratory and sermons and jihad -- Homiletic exhortation and storytelling: challenging the 'popular' -- Part 2: The preacher and the audience -- 'The good eloquent speaker': profiles of pre-modern Muslim preachers -- The audience responds: participation, reception, contestation -- Conclusion.
Summary "A remarkable book analyzing the importance of oratory for transmitting religious knowledge, legitimizing rulers, and inculcating moral values in the medieval Islamic world"-- Provided by publisher.
""And my brother Aaron - He is more eloquent in speech than I: so send him with me as a helper, to confirm (and strengthen) me: for I fear that they may accuse me of falsehood." (Q 28:34)"The Prophet said, 'I have been given the keys of eloquent speech and given victory with awe (cast into the hearts of the enemy) ...'" The sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam portray eloquent speech as one of the attributes or instruments of the charismatic authority of the prophets. Though Moses was one of God's elect, a "friend of God" (Q 4: 125; Ex. 33:11), the Qur'an and the Bible coincide in reflecting his fears that his mission before Pharaoh would fail if not buttressed by the oratorical eloquence of his brother Aaron. Similarly, the ?adith show Mu?ammad acknowledging the power of eloquent speech and associating this charismatic gift with the victory of his own prophetic mission"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Arabic language -- Rhetoric -- History.
Islamic preaching -- History.
ISBN 9781107023055 (hardback)
110702305X (hardback)
OCLC number 778636799