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İbrahim Müteferrika and the First Printed Books of the Islamic World

 

İbrahim Müteferrika
and the First Printed Books of the Islamic World

 

Yasemin Gencer

 

Synopsis:

This presentation video offers an overview of the first Islamic incunabula printed at the Müteferrika press in the first half of the eighteenth century. A chronological survey of their visual attributes reveals the Ottoman publisher’s early experimentations with the new medium. 

 

References:

Gencer, Yasemin.“İbrahim Müteferrika and the Age of the Printed Manuscript.” In The Islamic Manuscript Tradition: Ten Centuries of Book Arts in Indiana University Collections, edited by Christiane Gruber, 154-193. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Kut, Turgut and Fatma Türe, eds. Yazmadan Basmaya: Müteferrika, Mühendishane, Üsküdar. Istanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 1996.

Murphy, Christopher M., trans. “Appendix: Ottoman Imperial Documents Relating to the History of Books and Printing.” In The Book in the Islamic World: The Written Word and Communication in the Middle East, edited by George N. Atiyeh, 289-291. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Sabev, Orlin. Waiting for Müteferrika: Glimpses of Ottoman Print Culture. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2018.

Zoss, Emily. “An Ottoman View of the World: The Kitab Cihannüma and Its Cartographic Contexts.” In The Islamic Manuscript Tradition: Ten Centuries of Book Arts in Indiana University Collections, edited by Christiane Gruber, 154-193. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

 

Citation:

Yasemin Gencer, “İbrahim Müteferrika and the First Printed Books of the Islamic World,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 28 August 2020.

 

Yasemin Gencer is an Affiliate Scholar at Indiana University’s Institute for Advanced Study as well as Content Coordinator of Khamseen. She also teaches Islamic Art at Wayne State University and authors an online research blog entitled Today in 1920s Turkey.