What is it about?
Block prints were used in medieval Egypt well before the invention of movable type. The texts printed in this way are mostly amulets, or magical texts.
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Why is it important?
Arabic block prints are rare, but important in the development of print. Though they did not use separate blocks for single letters, they were clearly modular -- blocks of text, and decoration were combined, and re-combined to make up new texts.
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This page is a summary of: Eight Arabic Block Prints from the Collection of Aziz S. Atiya, Arabica, January 2008, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/157005808x364580.
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