Diminutive Divination and the Implications of Scale: A Miniature Quranic Falnama of the Safavid Period

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

Heather Coffey [+-]
OCAD University
Heather Coffey is an Assistant Professor of Art History at OCAD University. In addition to her penchant for small things, her research examines the art and architecture of the Mediterranean basin as an arena of Christian and Islamic cross- and intercultural fertilization from c. 1200-1600 CE.

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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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Coffey, Heather. Diminutive Divination and the Implications of Scale: A Miniature Quranic Falnama of the Safavid Period. 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=37764. Date accessed: 18 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37764. Oct 2019

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