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Diminutive Divination and the Implications of Scale: A Miniature Quranic Falnama of the Safavid Period


 
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1. Title Title of document Diminutive Divination and the Implications of Scale: A Miniature Quranic Falnama of the Safavid Period - Miniature Books
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Heather Coffey; OCAD University; Canada
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) miniature book; religious book; religious text; small book; history of books; sacred text
 
5. Subject Subject classification Religious texts; books
 
6. Description Abstract This chapter investigates Adomeit Miniature Islamic Manuscript C12, a Safavid Qur’an preserved in the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Measuring 6.3 by 5.7 centimeters, the manuscript imbricates the amuletic function inherent to the Qur’an with a prognostic capacity through inclusion of a falnama (Book of Divination) attributed to the sixth Shi’i Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (d. 765). This chapter contextualizes the small-scale manuscript within Safavid bibliomantic practices, which reached their apogee during the reign of Shah Tahmasp (r. 1524-76). In so doing, it contrasts a miniaturized specimen against alternate manuscript formats of Safavid falnamas, thereby assessing the impact of drastically reduced scale on the user’s divinatory experience.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Sep-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/37764
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.37764
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Miniature Books
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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