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Books in Arabic Script

Riedel, Dagmar A.

The chapter approaches the book in Arabic script as the indispensable means for the transmission of knowledge across Eurasia and Africa, within cultures and across cultural boundaries, since the seventh century ad. The state of research can be divided into manuscript and print studies, but there is not yet a history of the book in Arabic script that captures its plurilinear development for over fourteen hundred years. The chapter explores the conceptual and practical challenges that impede the integration of the book in Arabic script into book history at large and includes an extensive reference list that reflects its diversity.

The final published version was slightly updated, and includes seven illustrations of six Qurans from the holdings of Columbia University Libraries, four manuscripts and two printed versions. Moreover, the illustrations are images of historical artifacts which are in the public domain - despite Wiley's copyright claim.

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Also Published In

Title
A Companion to the History of the Book
Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119018193.ch21

More About This Work

Academic Units
Center for Iranian Studies
Published Here
January 14, 2020

Notes

Article published in: A Companion to the History of the Book, edited by Jonathan Rose and Simon Eliot, 315–333. 2nd ed. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2019.