> Hamid, there was a National Public Radio "All Things Considered"
> during the past 30 days that looked at the use of audio cassettes as a means
> continuing an "oral tradition" in North African Arab culture. I vaguely
> remember the content as having something to do either with poetry, or with a
> religious "talk" that was passed from person to person, with each adding their
> own commentary or interpretation of the original "talk." What word do we use
> to refer to a "text" of spoken, not written, language.
> If you come up with many responses to this, I'd be interested in a copy.
Robert, thanks for your lead. My limited time and a deadly deadline made
it impossible for me to contact NPR. At any rate, I had to write a piece
on the use of audiocassettes in propagating Islamic ideology and politics.
The piece should appear in 1995-6 in the Encylopedia of Modern Islamic World
published by Oxford Univ. press. Screen-l proved a dismal route to tracking
down any source on this topic. Perhaps there are other electronic
data bases more suitable for this topic--I don't know!.
All the best.
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