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Printing Iran
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Printing, or the mechanical reproduction of text, has a long history on the Iranian plateau. The Persian word for print—chāp—is derived from the Chinese chāv. It appears in the Persian language from the seventh/thirteenth century following the encounter with wood-block printing during the Īlkhānid period (654–754/1256–1353; Dihkhudā, 17:4; Floor; Farmayan, 145). Despite a relatively early awareness of print, the Persian manuscript tradition retained its status as the preferred method of textual reproduction until well …

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Marashi, Afshin, “Printing Iran”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_46250>
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