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Kristina Myrvold

Kristina Myrvold

Visiting professor

Kristina Myrvold

Mite Qurans for Indian Markets : David Bryce in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

Author

  • Kristina Myrvold

Summary, in English

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 article 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 Qurans intended for an Indian market in the 1890s. In literature of the twentieth century these mite Qurans 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.

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Pages

169-193

Publication/Series

Postscripts

Volume

9

Issue

2-3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Equinox Publishing

Topic

  • History of Religions

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1743-8888