BELLINGHAM – Nile Green will give a lecture titled “The Muslim Discovery of Printing: A Moment in Global History” from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 24, at Western Washington University’s Communications Facility Room 105.
The lecture is part of Western's Liberal Studies Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.
The focus of Green’s lecture will be the period between 1815 and 1820, when Muslims began printing books across a sequence of distant but still closely connected cities, including Calcutta, Cairo, Tabriz, Lucknow and Saint Petersburg. Within less than two years, between 1817 and 1819, the first Muslim works were printed in Iran, Egypt and Awadh (in modern India), three areas on the edges of European expansion.
Green argues that by taking part in the global Stanhope printing revolution of the early 1800s rather than the more geographically restricted earlier Gutenberg revolution, Muslim printing emerged on the frontiers of European empires through local adaptations of the techniques and products of Europe’s industrialization.
Green is a professor of South Asian and Islamic history at the University of California at Los Angeles and is the founding director of the UCLA Program on Central Asia.
He is a specialist on the Muslim communities of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and the Indian Ocean, and seeks in his research to bring Islamic history into conversation with global history. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including “Sufism: A Global History.” “Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915”, winner of the Albert Hourani Award from the Middle East Studies Association and the Ananda K. Coomaraswamy award from the Association for Asian Studies.
For more information contact Scott Pearce, Chair of Western Washington University’s Liberal Studies Department, (360) 650- 3897, Scott.Pearce@wwu.edu