Paper before print: the history and impact of paper in the Islamic world

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    Bloom, Jonathan [Author]

    Publisher Yale University Press
    Year of publication 2001

    English (main text)

    Medium Book

    Manufacturing > Paper

    Scope & contentThis book explores how the use of paper in Islamic lands in the Middle Ages and influenced almost every aspect of medieval life including books, mathematics; music, art, architecture and even cooking. It focuses on the spread of paper from the early eighth century when Muslims in West Asia acquired Chinese knowledge of paper and papermaking , to five centuries later when this knowledge was passed to Christians in Spain and Sicily. The book reveals how paper utterly transformed the passing of knowledge and served as a bridge between cultures. The author discusses why Europe was quick to adopt paper from Islamic lands but why Islamic lands were slow to accept printing in return. Contents. Maps: the spread of paper and papermaking; The invention of paper - Clay tablets and papyrus rolls, wooden tablets and parchment codices, bamboo strips and silk cloth, the invention of paper, the diffusion of paper; the introduction of paper to the Islamic lands; The spread of papermaking across the Islamic lands - Iraq, Syria, Iran and Central Asia; Egypt, the Maghrib (North Africa and Spain); Paper and books - the Koran and oral culture; written Arabic, an explosion of books, collections and libraries, a culture of writing; Paper and systems of notation - Mathematics, commerce, cartography, music, genealogy, and battle plans; Paper and the visual arts - before and after the thirteenth century; The transfer of paper and papermaking to Christian Europe - Byzantium, Spain, Italy, and Europe North of the Alps; Paper after print.
    KeywordsMilling, Spain & Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, Eastern Europe, Belgium, Austria, Paper, Archaeology & history

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    Accession no. 230218

    • Shelf location: R 500 (20)-BLO
    • Donor: Michael Harverson Collection