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

The (Almost) Lost Siyar of Jabal Nafusa | سير مشائخ جبل نفوسة (التي كادت تُفقد)

Manuscript copy of the Kitāb sīrat ahl nafūsa written in the hand of Maḥmūd b. Sālim b. Yaʿqūb and dated 21 August 1974. Source: al-Bughṭūrī, Siyar mashāʾikh jabal nafūsa, ed. T.A. al-Shaqrūnī (Tawalt Editions, 2009), 19. This post is devoted to the very recent manuscript history of a medieval work of siyar known as the … Continue reading The (Almost) Lost Siyar of Jabal Nafusa | سير مشائخ جبل نفوسة (التي كادت تُفقد)

A Letter from the archive about Sedrata and Abū Zakariyā al-Warjalānī | رسالة من الأرشيف حول سدراتة وأبي زكرياء الورجلاني

While working through the private archive of French Orientalist Roger LeTourneau (d. 1971) at the Archives nationales d'outre mer (ANOM) in Aix-en-Provence last year, I came across an unexpected letter.  [1] The letter was in a folder containing materials used to prepare LeTourneau and H.R. Idris' translation of the Ibadi text known as the Kitāb … Continue reading A Letter from the archive about Sedrata and Abū Zakariyā al-Warjalānī | رسالة من الأرشيف حول سدراتة وأبي زكرياء الورجلاني

Amr Ennami in Michigan |المرحوم الدكتور عمرو النامي في ميشيغان

One of my first introductions to Ibadi studies was the well-known dissertation of the Libyan historian 'Amr Khalifa Ennami from Cambridge University in 1971.  Ennami holds a important place in the history of Ibadi Studies because he introduced many Anglophones to Ibadis for the first time. Like many English-speaking readers, I encountered the book in … Continue reading Amr Ennami in Michigan |المرحوم الدكتور عمرو النامي في ميشيغان