Ibadi Lithographs at McGill University’s Rare Books Library | مطبوعات حجرية إباضية في مكتبة جامعة مكيل في كندا

The Rare Books Library at McGill University in Montreal, Canada has a small collection of Ibadi lithographs from Algeria and Egypt [1]. And (at least) one of them has a very unexpected story. The four Ibadi titles there include three from the first Ibadi print house in Cairo, the al-Maṭbaʿa al-Bārūniyya. Founded around 1870 by … Continue reading Ibadi Lithographs at McGill University’s Rare Books Library | مطبوعات حجرية إباضية في مكتبة جامعة مكيل في كندا

EAP1216 “The Djerba Libraries Project:” A New Manuscript Digitization Project in Djerba, Tunisia | مكتبات جربة: مشروع جديد لرقمنة المكتبات بجربة (تونس)

I am delighted to announce the launch of "EAP1216 The Djerba Libraries Project," a two-year effort to digitize several libraries on the island of Djerba, Tunisia. Funded by Arcadia (a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin) and administered by the British Library's "Endangered Archives Programme," the Djerba Libraries Project aims to produce digital … Continue reading EAP1216 “The Djerba Libraries Project:” A New Manuscript Digitization Project in Djerba, Tunisia | مكتبات جربة: مشروع جديد لرقمنة المكتبات بجربة (تونس)

Ibadi binding covers from the Mzab Valley | أغلفة المخطوطات الإباضية بوادي مزاب

A few years ago, I wrote a short post on unsewn textblocks in Ibadi manuscripts in the Maghrib. That idea was connected to some preliminary conclusions by codicologist and conservator Karin Scheper on characteristics of Northwest African and "Berber" bindings. She suggested that "stabbed bindings" (Figure 1) and unsewn bindings were both common features of … Continue reading Ibadi binding covers from the Mzab Valley | أغلفة المخطوطات الإباضية بوادي مزاب

Baha’is and Ibadis in the Tunisian Archives | البهائيون والإباضية في الأرشيف التونسي

This month I am back in Tunis to visit the Tunisian National Archives, where I am able to spend a few weeks doing research thanks to an AIMS Short-Term Research Grant (Thanks, AIMS!). I am here because the Tunisian archives house the official correspondence of Saʿīd al-Shammākhī, who was both wakīl for the Bey of … Continue reading Baha’is and Ibadis in the Tunisian Archives | البهائيون والإباضية في الأرشيف التونسي

17-19 June: the 10th Conference on Ibadi Studies in Toronto, Canada | ١٧-١٩ جوان: المؤتمر العاشر للدراسات الإباضية في تورونتو، كندا

Just a quick note that the 10th Conference on Ibadi Studies will be taking place at the University of Toronto in Canada next week from 17-19 June 2019. The program is available online here: 10th Conference on Ibadi Studies Program (2019)   إعلان سريع بأنّ المؤتمر العاشر للدراسات الإباضية سيكون من ١٧-١٩ جوان في جامعة … Continue reading 17-19 June: the 10th Conference on Ibadi Studies in Toronto, Canada | ١٧-١٩ جوان: المؤتمر العاشر للدراسات الإباضية في تورونتو، كندا

The Mzabi Confectioner of Istanbul: a story from the archives of the 19th century | الحلاوي المزابي في إسطانبول: قصة من أرشيفات القرن التاسع عشر

On 12 September 1878, Hadj Ahmed Ben Othman El Mzabi died in the Valide Sultan hospital in the Sultan Mahmud quarter of Istanbul. He had been working in the Ottoman capital as a confiseur, or 'confectioner,' making sugary sweets. At the time of his death, his wife and children were neither in Istanbul nor in … Continue reading The Mzabi Confectioner of Istanbul: a story from the archives of the 19th century | الحلاوي المزابي في إسطانبول: قصة من أرشيفات القرن التاسع عشر

Jerba in European Archives: The Ben Ibrahim Family & the Consulates of France and Britain in the 19th century | جربة في الأرشيفات الأوروبية: عائلة “بن إبراهيم” وقنصليات فرنسا وبريطانية في القرن التاسع عشر

This week, I am in France at the Centre des Archives diplomatiques de Nantes looking for documents connecting Ibadis in Jerba and Cairo. I did a similar visit in January to the British National Archives (Kew) in London (with generous support of the Humboldt-Yale History Network) where I looked primarily at the correspondence of the … Continue reading Jerba in European Archives: The Ben Ibrahim Family & the Consulates of France and Britain in the 19th century | جربة في الأرشيفات الأوروبية: عائلة “بن إبراهيم” وقنصليات فرنسا وبريطانية في القرن التاسع عشر

Recent Article on the Buffalo Agency & an Apology to Augustin Jomier | مقال جديد حول وكالة الجاموس واعتذار للأستاذ أغوطان جومي

An article of mine recently appeared at the end of last year (2018)  in the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts (Brill) entitled "Ibadis on (and in) the Margins: Manuscript Notes from the Buffalo Agency in Early-Modern Cairo." In it, I lay out the starting point for my book project on the Buffalo Agency relating to the … Continue reading Recent Article on the Buffalo Agency & an Apology to Augustin Jomier | مقال جديد حول وكالة الجاموس واعتذار للأستاذ أغوطان جومي

The owners and life cycle of Ibadi Manuscripts: AK157 from the Buffalo Agency | أصحاب المخطوطات الإباضية ومراحل حياتها: “أك١٥٧” من وكالة الجاموس نموذجا

As part of a project on the history of the Ibadi community in Cairo in the Ottoman period, I have been looking through digital facsimiles of manuscripts from the private library of Shaykh Aḥmad al-Khalīlī, the Grand Muftī of the Sultanate of Oman. I noted in a previous post that this and several other libraries … Continue reading The owners and life cycle of Ibadi Manuscripts: AK157 from the Buffalo Agency | أصحاب المخطوطات الإباضية ومراحل حياتها: “أك١٥٧” من وكالة الجاموس نموذجا

Program for the Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures 2019 | البرنامج للورشة الدولية حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة المخطوطات عند الإباضية ٢٠١٩

We are delighted to welcome ten participants to Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane this Friday and Saturday (5-6 April 2019) for what we hope is the first of many paper workshops on "Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures." This event brings together specialists from inside and outside the Ibadi community with the aim of developing a … Continue reading Program for the Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures 2019 | البرنامج للورشة الدولية حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة المخطوطات عند الإباضية ٢٠١٩