The Visual Economy of “Precious Books”

  title={The Visual Economy of “Precious Books”},
  author={Zeina Maasri},
  journal={Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and The Middle East},
  • Zeina Maasri
  • Published 2020
  • History, Sociology
  • Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and The Middle East
Shedding light on the postcolonial Arabic book, this article expands the literary and art historical fields of inquiry by bringing into play the translocal design and visual economy of modern art books. It is focused on the short-lived Silsilat al-Nafa'is (Precious Books series, 1967–70), published in Beirut by Dar an-Nahar and edited by modernist poet Yusuf al-Khal (1917–87). The series engaged prominent Arab artists and foregrounded the aesthetic dimension of the printed Arabic book as a… Expand


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