When an Arabic text had appeared in print, there was no reason to copy it by hand anymore, right? Not quite. The reality is way messier and far more interesting.
"The Ifrane Collection," is a remarkable private collection of mostly-Sufi titles from here in Morocco. It includes more than a dozen copies of Muḥammad b. Sulaymān al-Jazūlī's (d.1465) Dalāʾil al-khayrāt, representing a range of styles and manuscripts traditions associated with that text.
The cover of al-Wujūd al-Ibāḍī fī Miṣr (Maktabat Khazāʾin al-Āthār, 2018). I borrow the image here from a remarkably detailed summary of the book available in Arabic here. I recently had the pleasure of reading a book I have been meaning to read for a year or so now, entitled al-Wujūd al-ibāḍī fī Miṣr (The … Continue reading Book Review: “The Ibadi presence in Egypt” | مراجعة كتاب: الوجود الإباضي في مصر
(Tawfīq Pāsha) "Do you have wine in your country?" (Sultan Barghash) "Yes, we have wine made of date palms. The dissolute (al-fasaqa) drink it---in secret. When it gets the best of someone, he is flogged."
Ayman Fuʾād Sayyid, Fihrist al-makhṭūṭāt nashra bi-'l-makhṭūṭāt allatī aqtanathā al-dār min sanat 1936-1955. 3 Vol.s (Cairo, 1961-1963). This is a brief follow up to the previous post about Ibadi titles manuscripts in the Dār al-Kutub in Cairo. I just posted a document with a full list of those titles from A. Fuʾād Sayyid's (1961-1963) catalog … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts at the Dār al-Kutub in Egypt (Part 2, the Inventory) | المخطوطات الإباضية في دار الكتب المصرية (الجزء الثاني, الجرد)
A couple of years ago, I received a photocopy of some handwritten notes on Ibadi manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library, the Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya (Figure 1). The notes are dated 1408/1988 in Cairo, where the copyist was sitting at the library with a copy of A. Fuʾād Sayyid's catalog of recent (between 1936-55) acquisitions … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts at the Dār al-Kutub in Egypt (Part 1)| المخطوطات الإباضية في دار الكتب المصرية (الجزء الأول)
A quick note that a podcast interview I did while doing research in Tunisia last summer is now available on the "Maghrib in Past & Present" podcast. If you have not encountered the podcast series yet, you're in for a treat. It offers podcast lectures and interviews with emerging and established scholars of the Maghrib … Continue reading Podcast Interview on “Maghrib in Past & Present” | مقابلة في سلسلة “المغرب في الماضي والحاضر”ـ
Saʿīd b. ʿAlī b. Taʿārit (d.1289/1872) occupies an important place in the history and historiography of Ibadi communities in the Maghrib as the author of The Epistle on the History of Jerba (Risāla fī taʾrīkh Jarba). This work, which he completed in 1273/1856, fills in a lot of gaps in the time between the end … Continue reading The library of Ibadi historian Saʿīd b. ʿAlī b. Taʿārīt (d.1289/1872) | مكتبة المؤرّخ الإباضي سعيد بن علي بن تعاريت
A quick note that I will be giving a talk the Maghribi Ibadi community of Ottoman Cairo on 4 March 2020 at New York University's Silsila Center for Material Histories. Details and a sign up to attend can be found here on their website. إعلان سريع بأنّني سألقي محاضرة حول المجتمع الإباضية في القاهرة العثمانية … Continue reading Upcoming talk at NYU on Ibadis in Ottoman Cairo | محاضرة حول الإباضية في القاهرة العثمانية بجامعة نيو يورك
Organizers of the second annual Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures are delighted to invite proposals from participants under the theme: "Ibadi Manuscripts in European and North American Libraries." The deadline for proposals is 15 February and this year's workshop will be held 24-25 April in Lviv, Ukraine. Details are available here in Arabic, … Continue reading Call for Participants: Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts in European/North American Libraries | إعلان بطلبة مشاركين في الورشة الثانية حول المخطوطات الإباضية: “المخطوطات الإباضية بالمكتبات الأوروبية”