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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
Lack of doc preservation from world is a myth that then leads to a lack of student training in documents: vicious cycle!
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
Docs often reused by later scribes. Is a sign of contempt? value what living soc impose on dead ones.
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
Found 8 m-long (!) Fatimid decree to Karaites in the : huge spaces btwn lines, large script: for recitation & impractical to archive
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
Liquidation of decrees ritual of conspicuous consumption by the caliphs & chancery: display of wealth, laws as ephemera, not for posterity.
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
In Europe, paper seen as inferior to parchment. But in Islamic world, after conquest of Central Asia, paper associated w/ imperium
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
Another myth: Chinese taught Arabs to make paper. Rather, sourced locally from Central Asia after conquest.
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
Ibn Khaldun, al-Qalqashandi, $ al-Maqrizi report Abbasids using paper bc of tamper resistance: perhaps felt need to defend use to Europe.
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
Decrees signifiers of imam, despite or bc of impermanence, like host was signifier for Christ & royal seal signifier for European kings.
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Amanda H. Steinberg Apr 6
Replying to @mrustow
This means there isn't a lack of , but rather a complex system we have yet to fully grasp.
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