Photo of the manuscripts belonging to the El Trouk Mosque Library, the first collection of books digitized by EAP1216 in 2019-20. It has been quite a while since I had the opportunity to write a new post but I wanted to take a brief lull in the summertime to offer an update on the Jerba … Continue reading Update! Jerba Libraries Project | أخبار! مشروع مكتبات جربة
You can listen to the episode of "Let's Talk Mediterranean" here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ1rUS5HNsE An article of mine on Ibadi manuscripts in Naples published in Manuscript Studies in 2018 received the distinction of article of the Month (April 2021) by the Mediterranean Seminar, which is a wonderful community of scholars working on the Mediterranean. I … Continue reading Article of the Month & Interview with the Mediterranean Seminar | مقال الشهر ومقابلة شفوية مع منسّقيَ “المؤتمر المتوسطي”ـ
I am very much looking forward to giving a short presentation on the Jerba Libraries Project as part of the #DigitalMaghreb online conference "Les études sur le Maghreb et le numérique," happening 22 March on Zoom. You can learn more about the conference and register here: https://digimagh.hypotheses.org/ في يوم الإثنين 22 مارس سألقي محاضرة سريعة … Continue reading Upcoming presentation on the Jerba Libraries Project | تقديم حول “مشروع مكتبات جربة”ـ
I am delighted to say that the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts has just published a special issue devoted to "Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures in North Africa"!
A screenshot of my most recent article, "Manuscripts are like vampires" (History Compass, 2020), available online here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hic3.12626 I have been super busy with a couple of grant applications for the past two months and forgot to post that an article I wrote about the culture of manuscript rumors on the island of Jerba, Tunisia … Continue reading “Manuscripts are like vampires” (article in History Compass, 2020)
Unable to travel lately, I have been searching for Ibadi lithographs listed in research libraries online. .. I did not anticipate [finding] the former owner of these volumes...
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."