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Size Matters! Miniature Mushafs and the Landscape of Affordances

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1. Title Title of document Size Matters! Miniature Mushafs and the Landscape of Affordances - Miniature Books
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Jonas Svensson; Linnaeus University; Sweden
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 The aim of this chapter is to address the question of why miniature Qur'ans have been and still are desirable objects. The question is approached with the help of the concept of "affordances" (Gibson 1986; Knappett 2005), or the different "action possibilities" that material objects present to different organisms, including humans. Affordances are relational in character, and dependent upon the organism's anatomical, psychological, and in the case of a human, cultural and social set-up and contexts. The concept of affordances is combined with James W. Watts' theoretical distinction between three different dimensions (semantic, performative, and iconic) of how humans interact with and relate to sacred texts. The result is a set of possible, and not necessarily mutually exclusive, explanations why miniature Qur'ans are desirable objects, in what contexts, and to whom.
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
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.37767
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Miniature Books
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd