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1 • Letters in my Mind

Concepts and Practices of Response in the Writing of al-Qādī al-Fāḍil

Stefan Leder    Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Deutschland    

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abstract

al-Qāḍī al-Fāḍil, Saladin’s omnipotent minister and head of the state chancery, was a famous prose stylist and a model for later authors of epistolary literature. In his letters, al-Qāḍī al-Fāḍil mentions the critical reading of his own texts, and he reacts to incoming letters as an inspiration for his work as an author. For this reason and as a central component of the practice and concept of correspondence, which carried his writing, the response is a pivotal topic. al-Qāḍī al-Fāḍil referred to reading the letters he received, anticipated replies, encouraged or urged his addressee to respond, thereby referring to what the reception and reading of the reply letter meant to him as an author whose artful writing was meant to induce and nourish the ideal of an affective relationship.

Published
March 8, 2022
Accepted
Dec. 13, 2021
Submitted
July 28, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-561-2
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-560-5

Keywords: Ideal of affective relationshipInterrelation of writing and readingActive and responsive readingCritical readingPublic readingOrnate prose styleConceptual framework of response

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