Print culture, in both its material and cognitive aspects, has been a somewhat neglected field of Middle Eastern intellectual and social history. The essays in this volume aim to make significant contributions to remedying this neglect, by advancing our knowledge and understanding of how and why the development of printing both affected, and was affected by, historical, social and intellectual currents in the areas considered. These range geographically from Iran to Latin America, via Kurdistan, Turkey, Egypt, the Maghrib and Germany, temporally from the 10th to the 20th centuries CE, and linguistically through Arabic, Judæo-Arabic, Syriac, Ottoman Turkish, Kurdish and Persian.
Geoffrey Roper was head of the Islamic Bibliography Unit at Cambridge University Library, and has written and lectured extensively on Middle Eastern printing and publishing history. He was an Associate Editor of the
Oxford Companion to the Book (2010).
“…scientifically elaborate and richly illustrated volume.”
Nikos Nikoloudis in
Journal of Oriental and African Studies 24 (2015) 471-474.
Table of contents
Mediæval Arabic Block Printing: State of the Field
Früher Druck mit arabischen Typen in Leipzig, 17.-18. Jahrhundert
Enlightenment in the Ottoman Context: İbrahim Müteferrika and His Intellectual Landscape
Waiting for Godot: The Formation of Ottoman Print Culture
Orlin Sabev (Orhan Salih)
Printing and the Abuse of Texts in al-Ǧabartī’s History of Egypt
Judæo-Arabic Printing in North Africa, 1850-1950
Marginal Miniatures: The Tehran Edition of al-Damīrī’s Ḥayāt al-ḥayawān (1285/1868)
The Establishment of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate Press
Ahmet Taşğın and Robert Langer
L’Imprimerie Ebüzziya et l’art d’imprimer dans l’Empire ottoman à la fin du XIXe siècle
A Champion of Printing Quality in the Ottoman Turkish Press of the Second Constitutional Period: Şehbal Journal
Bora Ataman and Cem Pekman
Arabic and Bilingual Newspapers and Magazines in Latin America and the Caribbean
A Short History of Kurdish Publishing and Prospects for its Future
The Bulaq Press Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
All interested in the history of printing and print culture, and everyone concerned with the interactions between intellectual and socio-economic aspects of Middle Eastern history.