Middle East Studies Lecture Series
Ahmed El Shamsy: "Islamic reform and print, 1880-1920"
Monday, April 30, 2018
206 Ingraham Hall
Half a century after the large-scale adoption of print in the Arab world, Muslim reformers began to make use of the new technology for their own purposes. They published journals, newspapers, and contemporary works, but they also resurrected classical books, which they used to critique and reform current practices and beliefs. The merger of the printing and reform movements gave rise to international networks of scholars striving to locate, edit, finance, and print classical works.