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."
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