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.
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)
The Rare Books Library at McGill University in Montreal, Canada has a small collection of Ibadi lithographs from Algeria and Egypt . 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
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
I return here to the first Ibadi newspaper published in Cairo in the 20th century: the Nibrās al-Mashāriqa wa-'l-Maghāriba, which was recently published in one volume Oman in 2014 (ed. Ṣulṭān al-Shahīmī). The paper ran for about three years (1322-1326AH/1904-1906CE) under the direction of Qāsim b. Saʿīd al-Shammākhī & Muṣṭafā b. Ismāʿīl al-ʿUmarī. In the previous … Continue reading From the Jebel Nafusa to Cairo: Notes on Ibadi Print Culture and the Buffalo Agency (part 2: Qāsim al-Shammākhī) | من جبل نفوسة إلى القاهرة: ملاحظات حول ثقافة الطباعة عند الإباضية ووكالة الجاموس (الجزء الثاني: قاسم الشماخي)
Thanks to the good folks over at Ibadica in Paris, I recently obtained a copy of the printed edition of the first Ibadi newspaper from Cairo, the Nibrās al-mashāriqa wa-'l-maghāriba (ed. Ṣulṭān al-Shahīmī) re-published in one volume in Oman in 2014.  This fascinating publication ran for about three years (1322-1326AH/1904-1906CE) under the direction of Qāsim b. … Continue reading From the Jabal Nafusa to Egypt: Notes on Ibadi Manuscripts, Print Culture, and the Buffalo Agency in Cairo (part one) | من جبل نفوسة إلى مصر: ملاحظات حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة الطباعة ووكالة الجاموس في القاهرة (الجزء الأول)
While visiting Tunis this month I stopped by to see my friend Mohamed Bennani, owner of what is for me one of the most eclectic and fascinating book and ephemera collections in Tunisia (the "Beit el Bennani" library). I told him about a growing interest of mine in Ibadi library history and we began talking … Continue reading An Ibadi Bookstore in Tunis | مكتبة إباضية في تونس