Islamic Traditions of the Book: Calligraphy, Performance, and Print

By J.R. Osborn.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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This paper examines Islamic traditions of the book to raise the comparative theoretical question of what constitutes a book as a container of knowledge, authority, language, and memory.

Keywords: Comparative Studies of the Book, Islamic Books, Performative Books, Models of the Book, Mode of the Book

International Journal of the Book, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.33-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 736.679KB).

J.R. Osborn

J.R. Osborn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. His primary research examines the history of lettering and traditions of the book in the Arabic and Ottoman Middle East. He is also an online editor for Factory School ( and a critical media producer, with interests in semiotics, grammatology, graphic design, and theories of visualization.


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