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Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition

Ahmed El Shamsy


Islamic book culture dates back to late antiquity, when Muslim scholars began to write down their doctrines on parchment, papyrus, and paper and then to compose increasingly elaborate analyses of, and commentaries on, these ideas. Movable type was adopted in the Middle East only in the early nineteenth century, and it wasn't until the second half of the century that the first works of classical Islamic religious scholarship were printed there. But from that moment on, as this book reveals, the technology of print transformed Islamic scholarship and Arabic literature. The book tells the story o ... More

Keywords: Islamic literature, Islamic book culture, Islamic scholarship, Arabic literature, print technology, publishing industry, Islamic thought, modern Arab world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174563
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ahmed El Shamsy, author
University of Chicago