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The Resource Literacy in the Persianate world : writing and the social order, edited by Brian Spooner and William L. Hanaway

Literacy in the Persianate world : writing and the social order, edited by Brian Spooner and William L. Hanaway

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Literacy in the Persianate world : writing and the social order
Title
Literacy in the Persianate world
Title remainder
writing and the social order
Statement of responsibility
edited by Brian Spooner and William L. Hanaway
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Editor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Persian has been a written language since the sixth century B.C. Only Chinese, Greek, and Latin have comparable histories of literacy. Although Persian script changed--first from cuneiform to a modified Aramaic, then to Arabic--from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries it served a broader geographical area than any language in world history. It was the primary language of administration and belles lettres from the Balkans under the earlier Ottoman Empire to Central China under the Mongols, and from the northern branches of the Silk Road in Central Asia to southern India under the Mughal Empire. Its history is therefore crucial for understanding the function of writing in world history. Each of the chapters of Literacy in the Persianate World opens a window onto a particular stage of this history, starting from the reemergence of Persian in the Arabic script after the Arab-Islamic conquest in the seventh century A.D., through the establishment of its administrative vocabulary, its literary tradition, its expansion as the language of trade in the thirteenth century, and its adoption by the British imperial administration in India, before being reduced to the modern role of national language in three countries (Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan) in the twentieth century. Two concluding chapters compare the history of written Persian with the parallel histories of Chinese and Latin, with special attention to the way its use was restricted and channeled by social practice. This is the first comparative study of the historical role of writing in three languages, including two in non-Roman scripts, over a period of two and a half millennia, providing an opportunity for reassessment of the work on literacy in English that has accumulated over the past half century. The editors take full advantage of this opportunity in their introductory essay
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COO
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1929-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Spooner, Brian
  • Hanaway, William L.
Series statement
Penn Museum international research conferences
Series volume
v. 4
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  • Persian language
  • Persian language
  • Writing
  • Literacy
  • Iran
  • Iran
  • HISTORY
  • Intellectual life
  • Literacy
  • Manners and customs
  • Persian language
  • Persian language
  • Writing
  • Iran
  • Ancient History
  • Andere Sprachen
  • Classical Studies
Label
Literacy in the Persianate world : writing and the social order, edited by Brian Spooner and William L. Hanaway
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Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Foundations -- pt. 2. Spread -- pt. 3. Vernacularization and nationalism -- pt. 4. The larger context
Control code
ocn810039540
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 437 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781934536568
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
Other control number
ebc3441892
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22573/ctt35c336
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)810039540
Label
Literacy in the Persianate world : writing and the social order, edited by Brian Spooner and William L. Hanaway
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Foundations -- pt. 2. Spread -- pt. 3. Vernacularization and nationalism -- pt. 4. The larger context
Control code
ocn810039540
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 437 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781934536568
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
ebc3441892
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35c336
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)810039540

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