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Al-Kithab, Kithab and Makthab: An argument for a longer history of media in Malabar

Nuaiman Keeprath Andru

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Mass Communication and Journalism

University of Calicut

Nuaiman Keeprath Andru is Assistant Professor of media studies at the University of Calicut.  His research focuses on the history and ethnography of Islam and media in South India. He previously worked at the department of media, culture and communication, Curtin University of Technology- Malaysia and IITM- Nellore, as faculty and at the Institute of Islamic Studies/Berlin Graduate school for Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie universität, Berlin and Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad as research fellow.

Abstract

Al-Kithab, Kithab and Makthab: An argument for a longer history of media in Malabar

The history of media in general and that of book in particular has always been written by identifying them with printing technology. This bond between print and media had been further strengthened through a historiography that privileged the experience of the people for whom printing technology was the first and the most important method of textual reproduction. But how are we to write it through the eyes of communities for whom printing was only one aspect of reproduction and thus a less significant mode of  reproduction for several generations? This paper, by discussing various aspects of textual production, reproduction, its circulation and various cultures it gave birth to in the region,  argues that media in Malabar provides an exciting case in point to write such longer histories.