Paper Before Print
The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World
By (author) Jonathan M. Bloom
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Paper Before Print by Jonathan M. Bloom
Book DescriptionLike the printing press, typewriter, and computer, paper has been a crucial agent for the dissemination of information. This engaging book presents an important new chapter in paper's history: how its use in Islamic lands during the Middle Ages influenced almost every aspect of medieval life. Focusing 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 they transmitted this knowledge to Christians in Spain and Sicily, the book reveals how paper utterly transformed the passing of knowledge and served as a bridge between cultures. Jonathan Bloom traces the earliest history of paper--how it was invented in China over 2,000 years ago, how it entered the Islamic lands of West Asia and North Africa, and how it spread to northern Europe. He explores the impact of paper on the development of writing, books, mathematics, music, art, architecture, and even cooking. And he discusses why Europe was so quick to adopt paper from the Islamic lands and why the Islamic lands were so slow to accept printing in return. Together the beautifully written text and delightful illustrations (of papermaking techniques and the many uses to which paper was put) give new luster and importance to a now-humble material.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300089554
(266mm x 210mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jonathan M. Bloom
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"The Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposia on Islamic art and culture"--Half title page.
God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty, Hardback (November 2013)
The Islamic world, spanning centuries and far-flung regions, is renowned for its diverse cultural and artistic traditions. This book delves into that vast creative output, examining a dozen exquisite objects in the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, designed by the Chinese-American architect I M Pei and opened in 2008.
Minaret, Hardback (July 2013)
Illustrates the history of iconic element of Islamic architecture. This title reveals that the Minaret, long understood to have been invented in the early years of Islam as the place from which the muezzin gives the call to prayer, was actually invented some two centuries later to be a visible symbol of Islam.
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Author Biography - Jonathan M. Bloom
Jonathan M. Bloom, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College, is coauthor of The Art and Architecture of Islam, also published by Yale University Press.
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