Message (oral or written); letter, epistle; essay, treatise, monograph. A literary/scholarly form of varying length and content found in a wide range of fields, including theology, grammar, law, and belles-lettres. Scholars often used the risalah form to publish their own opinions and ideas framed as responses to questions. Literary risalahs were often composed in highly stylized, rhyming, and rhythmic prose (saj), and at times in verse. Rasail, the plural of risalah, can refer to published collections of the correspondence of famous literary figures.