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, postage stamps. Postage stamps (Ar. ṭābiʿ [ barīdī ]; Pers. tambr ; Tk. pul ) are a Western innovation. The world’s first postage stamp—the “penny black” bearing the portrait of young Queen Victoria—was issued by Great Britain in 1840. There exists an evident connection between the spread of the “postage stamp revolution” and European overseas expansion. Besides Great Britian, other European countries, above all France, but also Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain were responsible for the founding of postal s…

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Badry, Roswitha, “Posta”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6138>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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