A Family of Books: The Damascene Shaṭṭīs and Textual Transmission

In: Philological Encounters
Torsten Wollina Trinity Long Room Hub Marie Sklodowska-Curie cofund fellowship 2019–20, Trinity Library, University of Dublin Dublin Ireland

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The article explores continuities between manuscript and print culture by way of an investigation into the book-related practice of three members of the Ḥanbalī al-Shaṭṭī family. By using a diverse set of sources, it presents a view on the turn from manuscript to print during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that moves beyond technological determinism. By examining authorship, manuscript collections, and print publication, it proposes to include the institution of the family as well as the emerging global market for Arabic manuscripts into research of this medial shift.

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