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he centrality of the Qurʾān as the prototype of the written word in Islam bears significantly on the role of books within its intellectual tradition and educational system.[57] An early impulse in Islam was to manage reports of events, key figures and their sayings and actions. Thus, “the onus of being the last ‘People of the Book‘ engendered an ethos of [librarianship]”[58] early on and the establishment of important book repositories throughout the Muslim world has occurred ever since.