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"Correspondence is equal to half a meeting": the composition and comprehension of letters in eighteenth-century Islamic Eurasia

Sood, Gagan D. S. (2007) "Correspondence is equal to half a meeting": the composition and comprehension of letters in eighteenth-century Islamic Eurasia. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 50 (2/3). pp. 172-214. ISSN 0022-4995

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Abstract

This article details the social and cultural mechanisms by which correspondence in Arabic- and Latin-script languages was written, understood and preserved in mid-eighteenth-century Islamic Eurasia. Aside from two major differences in letter-writing culture, which were embodied in the choice of script, the resident communities of Islamic Eurasia approached correspondence in a similar fashion. Perhaps surprisingly, there is no correlation between these practices and the author's ethnicity or nationality. This is strong evidence for the autonomy and universality of custom in a region on the cusp of massive changes in its relationship to Europe.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.brill.com/journal-economic-and-social-h...
Additional Information: © 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 14:47
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2014 15:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55964

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