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The Book in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (1250-1517): Scribes, Libraries and Market

by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Format
Book
Published
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018.
Language
English
Series
Islamic History and Civilization : Studies and Texts
Islamic History and Civilization
ISBN
9789004387003, 9004387005
Summary
This book is the first to date to be dedicated to the circulation of the book as a commodity in the Mamluk sultanate. It discusses the impact of princely patronage on the production of books, the formation and management of libraries in religious institutions, their size and their physical setting. It documents the significance of private collections and their interaction with institutional libraries and the role of charitable endowments (waqf) in the life of libraries. The market as a venue of intellectual and commercial exchanges and a production centre is explored with references to prices and fees. The social and professional background of scribes and calligraphers occupies a major place in this study, which also documents the chain of master-calligraphers over the entire Mamluk period. For her study the author relies on biographical dictionaries, chronicles, waqf documents and manuscripts.
Contents
  • The legacy
  • The classical heritage
  • The Fatimid and Ayyubid legacies
  • Mamluk libraries
  • Patronage of the Mamluk book
  • A palace library?
  • The libraries of religious institutions
  • The librarians in religious institutions
  • Private libraries and endowments
  • Book circulation and storage
  • Borrowing practices
  • The size of libraries
  • The size of books
  • The physical setting
  • The market
  • Location and environment
  • Dealers and publishers
  • Value, prices, and fees
  • The Mamluk scribe : background and formation
  • Terminology and definition
  • Writing and copying
  • From oral to written books and back
  • Books from the barracks
  • The Mamluk master calligraphers
  • The art and practice of calligraphy
  • Teaching writing and calligraphy
  • The social and cultural contexts
  • Calligraphers and craftsmen
  • Calligraphers and the aristocracy
  • The chain of Mamluk calligraphers
  • The Syrian school
  • The Egyptian school.
Description
pages cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Statement
Islamic history and civilization : studies and texts ; volume 162
Islamic history and civilization ; v. 162
Technical Details
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