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Tahera Qutbuddin

In Arabic Oration: Art and Function, a narrative richly infused with illustrative texts and original translations, Tahera Qutbuddin presents a comprehensive theory of this preeminent genre in its foundational oral period, 7th-8th centuries AD. With speeches and sermons attributed to the Prophet Muḥammad, ʿAlī, other political and military leaders, and a number of prominent women, she assesses types of orations and themes, preservation and provenance, structure and style, orator-audience authority dynamics, and, with the shift from an oral to a highly literate culture, oration’s influence on the medieval chancery epistle. Probing the genre’s echoes in the contemporary Muslim world, she offers sensitive tools with which to decode speeches by mosque-imams and political leaders today.

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Legislative, Theological, Oracular, and Marriage Orations

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The Battle Oration

Horses and Swords, Strategies and Ethics, Urgings and Prayers

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The Friday and Eid Sermon

Ritual and Piety, Politics and War

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Orators and Audience of the Oration

Dynamics of Public Space, Authority, and Negotiation

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The Political Speech

Succession and Accession, Control and Policy

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The Preservation of Orations

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

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