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

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, where I looked primarily at the correspondence of the British Consular agent in Jerba. I will be … 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

Book out now: “Ibadi Muslims of North Africa” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) | صدر كتاب جديد: “إباضية إفريقيا الشمالية (منشورات جامعة كامبريج، ٢٠١٨)

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)

Intersections between Manuscript and Lithograph Cultures in Private Libraries | التداخلات بين ثقافتَي المخطوطات والطبعات الحجرية في المكتبات الخاصّة

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

Destroy a mosque they prayed in… imprison them, and beat them | هدم مسجد كانوا يصلون فيه…سجنهم وضربهم

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

Unexpected Connections: Musa Bey Grada, the Ottomans, and the Buffalo Agency | روابط غير متوقعة: موسى بيك قرادة، العثمانيون، ووكالة الجاموس

While working on an article on the history of Ibadi manuscripts at the Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale (UNO) in Naples, I ran across an interesting connection between that article and a larger project of mine on Ibadis in early-modern Egypt. Several of the UNO Ibadi manuscripts belonged to an Ottoman prefect in the … Continue reading Unexpected Connections: Musa Bey Grada, the Ottomans, and the Buffalo Agency | روابط غير متوقعة: موسى بيك قرادة، العثمانيون، ووكالة الجاموس

Abū Yazīd Makhlad b. Kaydād, the Jihadist | أبو يزيد مخلد من كيداد، الجهادي

[تنبيه: الترجمة العربية ستأتي بعد] Ibadis appear in surprising places—including late-20th century Jihadist literature. This post is about an unexpected use of the story of the famous 10th-century Ibadi leader of a rebellion against the Fatimid dynasty, Abū Yazīd Makhlad b. Kaydād (d.333/945), which appeared in a Jihadist newsletter from the 1990s called al-Anṣār. I … Continue reading Abū Yazīd Makhlad b. Kaydād, the Jihadist | أبو يزيد مخلد من كيداد، الجهادي

Ibadis in Midrarid Sijilmasa |الإباضية في مدينة سجلماسة المدرارية

Midrarid-era ceramic from Sijilmasa (Messier & Fili, 2011, 132) In 2010, I published an article on the history of the Midrarid dynasty that ruled the city of Sijilmasa in what is today southern Morocco from the mid-8th through the 10th centuries [1]. I have been revisiting the history of this dynasty for a forthcoming collected … Continue reading Ibadis in Midrarid Sijilmasa |الإباضية في مدينة سجلماسة المدرارية

Dissertation Available Online | الأطروحة موجودة في الإنترنت

I am currently preparing another post on private Ibadi manuscript libraries on the island of Djerba in Tunisia but wanted to pass along the link to my PhD dissertation from the University of Michigan. The entire text is now available through the university's online archive: https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/133230 أحضّر حاليا مقالا جديدا حول المكتبات الإباضية الخاصّة في … Continue reading Dissertation Available Online | الأطروحة موجودة في الإنترنت