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Adab and Modernity

A “civilising process” ? (sixteenth-twenty-first century)

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Edited by Cathérine Mayeur-Jaouen

Adab is a concept situated at the heart of Arabic and Islamic civilization. Adab is etiquette, ethics, and literature. It is also a creative synthesis, a relationship within a configuration. What became of it, towards modernity ? The question of the "civilising process" (Norbert Elias) helps us reflect on this story. During the modern period, maintaining one's identity while entering into what was termed "civilisation" ( al-tamaddun) soon became a leitmotiv. A debate on what was or what should be culture, ethics, and norms in Middle Eastern societies accompanied this evolution. The resilient notion of adab has been in competition with the Salafist focus on mores ( akhlāq). Still, humanism, poetry, and transgression are constants in the history of adab. Contributors: Francesca Bellino, Elisabetta Benigni, Michel Boivin, Olivier Bouquet, Francesco Chiabotti, Stéphane Dudoignon, Anne-Laure Dupont, Stephan Guth, Albrecht Hofheinz, Katharina Ivanyi, Felix Konrad, Corinne Lefevre, Cathérine Mayeur-Jaouen, Astrid Meier, Nabil Mouline, Samuela Pagani, Luca Patrizi, Stefan Reichmuth, Iris Seri-Hersch, Chantal Verdeil, Anne-Sophie Vivier-Muresan.

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Legislative, Theological, Oracular, and Marriage Orations

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Tahera Qutbuddin

The Battle Oration

Horses and Swords, Strategies and Ethics, Urgings and Prayers

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Tahera Qutbuddin

The Friday and Eid Sermon

Ritual and Piety, Politics and War

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Tahera Qutbuddin

Orators and Audience of the Oration

Dynamics of Public Space, Authority, and Negotiation

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Tahera Qutbuddin

The Political Speech

Succession and Accession, Control and Policy

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Tahera Qutbuddin

The Preservation of Orations

Mnemonics-Based Oral Transmission, Supplementary Writing, and the Question of Authenticity

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Tahera Qutbuddin