Miniature Books

The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts

by Kristina Myrvold, Linnaeus UniversityDorina Miller Parmenter, Spalding University (Volume Editors)

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Theory, Method & Special Topics Collection

Selected Chapters:
Islamic Studies
South & East Asia

Miniature books, handwritten or printed books in the smallest format, have fascinated religious people, printers, publishers, collectors, and others through the centuries because of their unique physical features, and continue to captivate people today. The small lettering and the delicate pages, binding, and covers highlight the material form of texts and invite sensory engagement and appreciation. This volume addresses miniature books with a special focus on religious books in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The book presents various empirical contexts for how the smallest books have been produced, distributed, and used in different times and cultures and also provides theoretical reflections and comments that discuss the divergent formats and functions of books.

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  • isbn
    9781781798621 (eBook)
  • publisher
    Equinox Publishing Ltd.,2019
  • publisher place
    Sheffield (U.K.)
  • rights holder
    Equinox Publishing Ltd.
  • series title
    Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts
  • doi