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Rediscovering the Islamic ClassicsHow Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition$
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Ahmed El Shamsy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174563

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174563.001.0001

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A New Generation of Book Lovers

A New Generation of Book Lovers

(p.93) Chapter 4 A New Generation of Book Lovers
Rediscovering the Islamic Classics

Ahmed El Shamsy

Princeton University Press

This chapter traces the emergence of a new generation of scholars in Egypt. In the early years of its adoption, printing by and large reproduced the existing textual canon. But major societal changes were afoot, and soon the technology of print began to be used to publish very different kinds of works, works that had been forgotten and even almost lost. In Egypt, the agents of this wave of nontraditional book printing and editing represented a new class of intellectuals: elite bibliophiles and scholars who had at most one foot in the old scholarly tradition and the other in the structures and discourses of the rapidly modernizing Egyptian state. This new class of scribal intellectuals inaugurated a culture that valorized high-level Arabic, rare manuscripts, and philological accuracy.

Keywords:   Egypt, societal changes, nontraditional book printing, nontraditional book editing, elite bibliophiles, elite scholars, modernizing Egypt, high-level Arabic, rare manuscripts, philological accuracy

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