The Uses of Books in a Late Mughal <i>Takiyya</i>

Nile Green

in Making Space

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080991 | DOI:
The Uses of Books in a Late Mughal Takiyya

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This chapter links text and territory together to ask how books were used by early modern Muslims. Providing a case study of the reading habits of Muslims resident in a religious lodge or takiyya, it provides a model of knowledge as being conceptually seen to reside in persons not texts. By pursuing the implications of the reading habits at the takiyya, the chapter addresses the important historical problem of why printing was not adapted in India until the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Islam; Sufism; Muslims; reading; manuscripts; printing; takiyya; teaching; education; literacy

Chapter.  9404 words.  Illustrated.

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