The Oral and the Written in Early Islam
Routledge – 2006 – 248 pages
Made up of a number of seminal articles that are translated for the first time in English, this prestigious book from Gregor Schoeler gives a reasoned, informed and comprehensive overflow of how the written and the spoken interacted, diverged and received cultural articulation among the Muslim societies of the first two centuries of the Hijra.
'Schoeler's effort is a masterpiece in the class of William Graham's' - Amidu Olalekan SANNI, Lagos State University
Editor’s Introduction 1. The Transmission of the Science in Early Islam: Oral or Written? 2. The Transmission of the Sciences in Early Islam Revisited 3. Writing and Publishing: On the Use and Function of Writing in Early Islam 4. Oral Poetry Theory and Arabic Literature 5. Oral Torah and Hadit: Transmission, Prohibition of Writing, Redaction 6. Who is the Author of the Kitab Al-‘Ayn