The Arts and Crafts of Literacy : Islamic Manuscript Cultures in Sub-Saharan Africa /

During the last two decades, the (re- )discovery of thousands of manuscripts in different regions of sub-Saharan Africa has questioned the long-standing approach of Africa as a continent only characterized by orality and legitimately assigned to the continent the status of a civilization of written...

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Imprint:Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2017]
©2017
Description:1 online resource (377 pages)
Language:English
Series:Studies in Manuscript Cultures ; 12
Subject:Manuscripts -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Islamic civilization -- Manuscripts.
Manuscripts, African -- Conservation and restoration.
Manuscripts, Arabic -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
HISTORY / General.
History -- Sources.
Islamic civilization.
Manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Arabic.
Africa, Sub-Saharan -- History -- Sources -- Manuscripts.
Sub-Saharan Africa.
Electronic books.
History.
Manuscripts.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12332477
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Other authors / contributors:Brigaglia, Andrea.
Nobili, Mauro.
ISBN:9783110541441
3110541440
9783110541403
3110541408
9783110541649
3110541645
Digital file characteristics:text file PDF
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Open Access
In English.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 13. Sep 2017).
Summary:During the last two decades, the (re- )discovery of thousands of manuscripts in different regions of sub-Saharan Africa has questioned the long-standing approach of Africa as a continent only characterized by orality and legitimately assigned to the continent the status of a civilization of written literacy. However, most of the existing studies mainly aim at serving literary and historical purposes, and focus only on the textual dimension of the manuscripts. This book advances on the contrary a holistic approach to the study of these manuscripts and gather contributions on the different dimensions of the manuscript, i.e. the materials, the technologies, the practices and the communities involved in the production, commercialization, circulation, preservation and consumption. The originality of this book is found in its methodological approach as well as its comparative geographic focus, presenting studies on a continental scale, including regions formerly neglected by existing scholarship, provides a unique opportunity to expand our still scanty knowledge of the different manuscript cultures that the African continent has developed and that often can still be considered as living traditions.
Other form:Print version: 9783110541649
Print version: 9783110541403
Standard no.:10.1515/9783110541441