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CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL LETTER WRITING & COMMUNICATIVE ASPECT OF TREATIES DURING THE PERIOD OF RIGHTEOUS CALIPHS

Taj, Rafia (2008) CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL LETTER WRITING & COMMUNICATIVE ASPECT OF TREATIES DURING THE PERIOD OF RIGHTEOUS CALIPHS. PhD thesis, University of Karachi, Karachi .

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Abstract

It is now generally accepted that in the rise and subsequent evolution of mass communication, some sustained classical entities have played a crucial and formative role: these are official epistles, declarative letters, and publicly circulated written decrees, agreements and covenants-all of which are found in organized societies prior to the widespread use of paper. Focusing on the period of Islamic history know as the Age of the Rightly Guided Caliphs (Rashid ), this thesis studies the journalistic and mass communicative functions and characteristics of these entities, arguing that such pre-Paper epistles and agreements etc. were no less than structured information documents for wide public consumption and cannot be overlooked of we are to explain the historic antecedents of the modern world of mass media. Research in this area is fundamentally important both from the viewpoints of political history and mass communication, since such research illuminates both, and since it has still not been conducted in earnest, though there do exist passing mentions of pre-paper documents of public communication in some histories of journalism. This is then, promises to accomplish three things:1) to fill a research lacuna:2) to ask fresh historical and journalistic questions arising from a critical study of formal letters, written declarations, covenants and similar documents belonging to the Rashidin period: and 3) to open up new avenues for explaining the very powerful phenomenon of the modem-day media. This research undertaking is mainly based on primary sources. Therefore by far the largest body of sources used for this thesis consists of medieval Arabic works, many of which are now available in modern editions. The reliance on primary material is such that this whole research may well be considered to be grounded essentially on historical Arabic writings. Quite often, we note, these writings assume the narrative character of Hadith compilers, in addition to primary Arabic works secondary sources have also been consulted for this thesis: many of this, in turn, drawing upon primary materials. Not only secondary writings and research data in English language (and, indirectly, in other modern Western languages) have been examined but also a large number of Urdu writings also form the bibliographic source of this work.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:political letter writing, righteous caliphs, general communication, prophet muhammad, abu baker saddique, umar farooq, usman bin affan, ali
Subjects:Arts & Humanities (b) > Mass communication(b7)
ID Code:2709
Deposited By:Mr. Javed Memon
Deposited On:19 Sep 2009 10:27
Last Modified:19 Sep 2009 10:27

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