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Author Behrens-Abouseif, Doris, author

Title The book in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (1250-1517) : scribes, libraries and market / by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Series Islamic history and civilization : studies and texts ; volume 162
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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Books -- Egypt -- History -- 400-1450
Books -- Egypt -- History -- 1450-1600
Books -- Syria -- History -- 400-1450
Books -- Syria -- History -- 1450-1600
Libraries -- Egypt -- History -- 400-1400
Libraries -- Egypt -- History -- 1400-1600
Libraries -- Syria -- History -- 400-1400
Libraries -- Syria -- History -- 1400-1600
Scribes -- Egypt -- History
Scribes -- Syria -- History
Calligraphers -- Egypt -- History
Calligraphers -- Syria -- History
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018041602
ISBN 9004387056