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Mite Qurans for Indian Markets: David Bryce in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3366-7368
2019 (English)In: Miniature Books: The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts / [ed] Kristina Myrvold, Dorina Miller Parmenter, Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2019, p. 108-131Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As an influential publisher of miniature books in Europe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, David Bryce in Glasgow realized the profitable business of religious books and took use of the latest printing technologies to mass-produce small facsimiles of sacred texts in the world religions for a global market. This chapter presents some of the preserved letters from his colleague Henry Frowde at Oxford University Press which reveal how the two publishers cooperated with the production of miniature books over three decades and how David Bryce began printing and selling large quantities of diminutive Qur’ans intended for an Indian market in the 1890s. In literature of the twentieth century these mite Qur’ans became objects of fascination and were linked to Orientalist narratives of Arabs and Indian Muslim soldiers during the First World War that enmeshed the books in amuletic traditions of Islam.

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Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2019. p. 108-131
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Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts
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History of Religions
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Humanities, Study of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-78950DOI: 10.1558/equinox.37765ISBN: 9781781798607 (print)ISBN: 9781781798614 (print)ISBN: 9781781798621 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-78950DiVA, id: diva2:1265584
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-11-25 Created: 2018-11-25 Last updated: 2020-02-06Bibliographically approved

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