This article discusses Isabel Hofmeyr's Gandhi's Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading. It highlights the many ways in which the rise of the printing press, and the increasingly important role of both the editor and the reader, was also pivotal in creating an Islamic public sphere in the Indian Ocean. The essay discusses the efforts of Gandhi to create a “reading public” as well as the reformist orientation, the importance of translation, the provisional nature of the printed texts, and the use of multiple languages and scripts.

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