Religious Miniature Books: Introduction and Overview

Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts - Kristina Myrvold

Kristina Myrvold [+-]
Linnaeus University
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Kristina Myrvold is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Linnaeus University. She is the author and editor of numerous publications on Indian cultures, religions, and migration.
Dorina Miller Parmenter [+-]
Spalding University
Dorina Miller Parmenter is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Her research interests include material uses of the Christian Bible.

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Miniature books, handwritten or printed books in the smallest format, have fascinated religious people, printers, publishers, collectors, and others through the centuries because of their unique physical features, and continue to captivate people today. The small lettering and the delicate pages, binding, and covers highlight the material form of texts and invite sensory engagement and appreciation. This volume addresses miniature books with a special focus on religious books in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The book presents various empirical contexts for how the smallest books have been produced, distributed, and used in different times and cultures and also provides theoretical reflections and comments that discuss the divergent formats and functions of books.

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Myrvold, Kristina; Parmenter, Dorina. Religious Miniature Books: Introduction and Overview. Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781798614. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37759. Date accessed: 18 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37759. Oct 2019

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