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Title: A Material and Intellectual History of the Transition between Manuscript and Print in Arabic, 19th Century
Authors: Mansour, Nadirah
Advisors: Gribetz, Jonathan
Contributors: Near Eastern Studies Department
Subjects: History
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Titled “A Material and Intellectual History of the Transition between Manuscript and Print in Arabic, 19th Century,” this dissertation seeks to use printed books, newspapers, journals, manuscripts, ephemera, and other forms of mass culture to understand what dictated the turn to printing for a mass audience in Arabic in the 19th century. By arguing that the general public was the primary audience, it challenges assumptions in the existing literature on the profusion of the Arabic printed book, as well as journalism. As a book history, this dissertation draws on material, visual, and intellectual history, including but not limited to Muslim theology and Islamic art. It understands context in intellectual history to go beyond simply contextualizing intellectual history with ideas, building on the work of intellectual history theorists Mark Bevir and Quentin Skinner. Thus, my methodology uses material and visual history to understand how ideas move within society and how readers carried texts with them. Ultimately, by focusing on the reader as a conduit for ideas in the 19th century Mashreq and Maghreb –the Middle East and North Africa, respectively– my research explores the relationships that facilitated the rise of print in Arabic-speaking locales. Furthermore, I seek to intervene in broader conversations about regarding the history of Islam in the 19th and early 20th century by centering the devotional practices of ordinary Muslims through printed pamphlets, as well as ethical discourse in early periodicals; this will shift approaches to the study of Islam in the modern Middle East and North Africa, which traditionally focuses on reformist thought, to understanding Islam as part of a broader material context.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Near Eastern Studies

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