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1. Introduction

The very first verses that were revealed to the Prophet Muḥammad, according to the tradition, symbolize the importance attached to writing in the society in which Islam arose: “Recite! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful One, who by this pen taught…

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Petra M. Sijpesteijn, “Palaeography”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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