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"!
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."
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)
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
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
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
I am excited to announce the publication of my first book, Ibadi Muslims of North Africa: Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2018), available here on Amazon.co.uk. It will be available on the US-based site soon. You can also take a look at the table of contents and see … Continue reading Book out now: “Ibadi Muslims of North Africa” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) | صدر كتاب جديد: “إباضية إفريقيا الشمالية (منشورات جامعة كامبريج، ٢٠١٨)
Historians interested in Ibadi and other Arabic manuscripts (including me) often treat manuscripts separately from printed materials in private libraries. But in the second half of the 19th century, when Arabic lithography witnessed an explosion of production in urban centers like Cairo and Tunis, Ibadi manuscripts and lithographs (and other types of printing later) existed … Continue reading Intersections between Manuscript and Lithograph Cultures in Private Libraries | التداخلات بين ثقافتَي المخطوطات والطبعات الحجرية في المكتبات الخاصّة
This post comes from a handful of fatwas I ran across in the famous Miʿyār al-Muʿrib of the 15th-century North African scholar Aḥmad al-Wansharīsī (d.914/1508). It turns out that this amazing collection of thousands of fatwas, used by many modern historians as a source for legal and social history of the Maghrib, also includes a … Continue reading Destroy a mosque they prayed in… imprison them, and beat them | هدم مسجد كانوا يصلون فيه…سجنهم وضربهم