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"!
Ibadi libraries, almost without exception, house non-Ibadi books. Sometimes, Ibadi-owned libraries held hundreds of titles by non-Ibadi authors and those titles far outnumbered the Ibadi ones. When an Ibadi manuscript appears in a non-Ibadi library, however, that is something to write home about. A manuscript from the El Trouk Mosque library in Houmet Souk, Jerba … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts in non-Ibadi Libraries | المخطوطات الإباضية بالمكتبات غير الإباضية
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
After a series of short visits beginning in 2014 and ending just this week, I'm delighted to offer a preliminary catalog of Ibadi and other Arabic manuscripts held at the library of the Association pour la sauvegarde de l'île de Djerba (ASIDJ) in Houmet Souk, Djerba. This library has an eclectic and fascinating collection of … Continue reading Catalog of Ibadi & Other Arabic Manuscripts at the Association pour la sauvegarde de l’île de Djerba (ASIDJ) | فهرس المخطوطات الإباضية وغيرها من المخطوطات العربية في مكتبة جمعية صيانة جزيرة جربة