Religious Miniature Books

Introduction and Overview


  • Kristina Myrvold Linnaeus University
  • Dorina Miller Parmenter



Editorial, Introduction

Author Biography

Kristina Myrvold, Linnaeus University

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University.


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How to Cite

Myrvold, K., & Parmenter, D. M. (2019). Religious Miniature Books: Introduction and Overview. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 9(2-3), 93–103.

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