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The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant

Dana Sajdi

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804785327
eISBN:
9780804788281
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785327.001.0001
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This book is about a barber, Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad Ibn Budayr (fl. 1761), who shaved and coiffed, and probably circumcised and healed, in Damascus in the eighteenth century. The barber wrote a history ... More


Introduction

Dana Sajdi

in The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804785327
eISBN:
9780804788281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785327.003.0001
Subject:
History, Middle East History

The chapter is a brief introduction to the barber, Ibn Budayr, and his work, and to the phenomenon of nouveau literacy. It outlines the conceptual contours of the phenomenon by positing it as an ... More


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