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"!
Unable to travel lately, I have been searching for Ibadi lithographs listed in research libraries online. .. I did not anticipate [finding] the former owner of these volumes...
Saʿīd b. ʿAlī b. Taʿārit (d.1289/1872) occupies an important place in the history and historiography of Ibadi communities in the Maghrib as the author of The Epistle on the History of Jerba (Risāla fī taʾrīkh Jarba). This work, which he completed in 1273/1856, fills in a lot of gaps in the time between the end … Continue reading The library of Ibadi historian Saʿīd b. ʿAlī b. Taʿārīt (d.1289/1872) | مكتبة المؤرّخ الإباضي سعيد بن علي بن تعاريت
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
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
As part of a project on the history of the Ibadi community in Cairo in the Ottoman period, I have been looking through digital facsimiles of manuscripts from the private library of Shaykh Aḥmad al-Khalīlī, the Grand Muftī of the Sultanate of Oman. I noted in a previous post that this and several other libraries … Continue reading The owners and life cycle of Ibadi Manuscripts: AK157 from the Buffalo Agency | أصحاب المخطوطات الإباضية ومراحل حياتها: “أك١٥٧” من وكالة الجاموس نموذجا
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)
Over the past several years, I have worked with private manuscript collections belonging to families in Jerba, Tunisia. The island is home to several well-known libraries, including those belonging to the Barouni (al-Bārūnī), Ben Yagoub (Bin Yaʿqūb), El Bessi (al-Bāsī), and Batour (al-Baʿṭūr) families. A lesser-known but equally important collection belonging to the Satouri (al-Ṣāṭūrī) … Continue reading Oddments from a “Nukkārī” Ibadi Library: the al-Ṣāṭūrī Library in Jerba, Tunisia | بقايا من مكتبة “نكارية”: مكتبة الصاطوري بجزيرة جربة (تونس)