Education and Learning in the Early Islamic World

Gilliot, Claude
Date published: 
May 2012

Studying education and learning in the formative period of Islam is not immediately easy. Most sources are from a later period, and frequently project the assumptions and conditions of their own day on to the earlier period. The studies in this volume have been selected for the critical approaches and methods of their authors, and are arranged under five headings: the pedagogical tradition; scholarship and attestation; orality and literacy; authorship and transmission; and libraries. Together with the editor's introductory essay, they present a broad picture of the beginnings and evolution of education and learning in the Islamic world.