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1. Title Title of document Iconic Books and Texts - How and Why Books Matter
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Watts; Syracuse University; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious texts; manipulation of books; presentation of books; performance of books; social value of books; books in society;books and hte media; scriptures; iconic texts; literacy
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Texts; Cultural Studies
6. Description Abstract There has been a surge in published scholarship on the ritualization of iconic books and other texts in the second decade of the twenty-first century. This chapter draws on these studies to describe the phenomenon of iconic books and texts. Most have focused on scriptures and other sacred text that provide the most extreme examples of iconic ritualization. As a group, these studies covered ritualized texts from a wide range of the world’s religious traditions. They also discussed the classification of such texts, the visual effects of their scripts and fonts, and the social effects of their public and private ritualization. Writing continues to legitimize people, institutions, academic disciplines, nations and religions. These studies show that recognizing the iconic dimension of written texts and how they get ritualized should play an essential part in describing the motives and methods for writing, publishing, marketing, buying, handling, displaying and storing books in any literate culture in the world.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Jun-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35883
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; How and Why Books Matter
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd