The Fear Of The Existence Of Books

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Shawkat M. Toorawa writes in Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur And Arabic Writerly Culture about the fear of the existence of books in the Arab world in the 800s. This fear of books is still shared by many today, especially rulers. Although during this period, books were not common because they were more expensive, books were starting to become more popular. Furthermore as books became more popular, people grew more uncomfortable with the power of written words and the way it changed the Arab world. For example, in the 700s, orality was reliable and the most popular mean for one to share their stories, poems and much more. At the time, legitimacy rested with the authors and not the books. However, just 200 years later in the 900s, books became more marketable because of the discovery of cheaper paper. New occupations such as copyists, stationers became popular because they were needed to assemble and reproduce books. This changed the class structure by allowing copyists, stationers and many more to join the upper class. At this moment, copyists defined what good books were and thus were important members of the literary society. In addition, the more accessible books were becoming, the more different genres of books were published. Thus, authors of poetry, fables and other genres were also given room to join the literary class. Furthermore, books transformed the meaning of the word adab. The word adab now means literature. However, during the 600s, adab stood for beautiful letters and
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