Preserving Endangered Archives in Jerba, Tunisia: The al-Bāsī Family Library | الحفاظ على الأرشيفات المهدّدة في جربة: مكتبة الباسي العائلية

The Journal of Manuscript Studies (3:1, Spring 2018) has just published a short research annotation by my colleague Dr. Ali Boujdidi and myself, describing our project on the El Bessi (al-Bāsī) family library in Jerba, Tunisia. The article is available here on my Academia.edu page. This project, carried out from July 2017-March 2018, included the … Continue reading Preserving Endangered Archives in Jerba, Tunisia: The al-Bāsī Family Library | الحفاظ على الأرشيفات المهدّدة في جربة: مكتبة الباسي العائلية

New Online Resource for Ibadi and Omani Manuscripts & Newspapers | مرجع جديد للبحث حول المخطوطات الإباضية والجرائد متوفّر في الإنترنت

I was delighted to learn this past week of an amazing new collection of digital facsimiles of Ibadi manuscripts and related newspapers from Oman, Zanzibar, and the Mzab published online by the Omani Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs. The ministry's Online Library is now live and offers an interface in Arabic, English, and French. … Continue reading New Online Resource for Ibadi and Omani Manuscripts & Newspapers | مرجع جديد للبحث حول المخطوطات الإباضية والجرائد متوفّر في الإنترنت

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

Upcoming Public Exhibition for al-Bāsī Library Project in Djerba, Tunisa: معرض مكتبة الباسيين في جربة

It is my pleasure to announce the upcoming public exhibition of "Conserving Endangered Archives in Jerba: the al-Bāsī Family Library Project" in Djerba, Tunisia, taking place this coming weekend on Saturday, 3rd of March at 17:30 in Houmet Souk. Over the past 6 months, our team in Djerba has been cataloging and photographing the manuscript … Continue reading Upcoming Public Exhibition for al-Bāsī Library Project in Djerba, Tunisa: معرض مكتبة الباسيين في جربة

Ibadi Manuscripts in Naples| المخطوطات الإباضية في نابولي

I am delighted to announce that I have now posted an inventory and catalog of the Ibadi manuscripts held at the Special Collections Library of the Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale in Naples, Italy. The catalog includes appendices of watermarks with images, former owners, and copyists. The full version is available in PDF format … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts in Naples| المخطوطات الإباضية في نابولي

An Ibadi Manuscript at Columbia University (Part 3/3)| مخطوط إباضي في جامعة كولومبيا (٣/٣)

   The Private Manuscript Library of Adolphe Motylinski   The previous two posts discussed the provenance of a manuscript copy of the Kitāb ṭabaqāt al-mashāyikh at Columbia University's RBML in New York. The manuscript belonged to the collection of French orientalist and military interpreter Adolphe de C. Motylinski (1854-1907), who collected manuscripts while working in … Continue reading An Ibadi Manuscript at Columbia University (Part 3/3)| مخطوط إباضي في جامعة كولومبيا (٣/٣)

An Ibāḍī Manuscript at Columbia University (Part 2!) | مخطوط إباضي في جامعة كولومبيا (المتابعة)

This is the entry from the Columbia University Library acquisition catalog for the manuscripts acquired for the library from [Paul] Geuthner, which arrived at the library on 8/31/[19]08 and were purchased for 70.00USD Last month, I wrote a short entry on an Ibadi manuscript at the Columbia University Special Collections and Rare Books Library, which … Continue reading An Ibāḍī Manuscript at Columbia University (Part 2!) | مخطوط إباضي في جامعة كولومبيا (المتابعة)

An Ibadi Manuscript at Columbia University | مخطوط إباضي في جامعة كولومبيا

In February of this year, I received an e-mail from my friend Evyn Kropf (the amazing Curator of the Islamic Manuscripts Collection and Near Eastern Studies Librarian at the University of Michigan) about an Ibadi manuscript in an unexpected place: the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RBML) at Columbia University.   X893.7 Ab92, Rare Book … Continue reading An Ibadi Manuscript at Columbia University | مخطوط إباضي في جامعة كولومبيا

Naples MS ARA 50 | مخطوط رقم ٥٠ في جامعة نابولي

Univ. of Naples l'Orientale MS ARA 50, f.1.a I mentioned in the last post that I planned on writing a short piece on a manuscript related to the al-Baʿṭūr library (formerly on the island of Jerba) currently held in the Universita degli studi di Napoli l'Orientale. [1] This comes from a footnote of a related … Continue reading Naples MS ARA 50 | مخطوط رقم ٥٠ في جامعة نابولي

قائمة أولية من الخزائن الجربية في القرن العشرين | A Preliminary List of Djerbian Libraries in the 20th century

From Fekhar (1971), p.394 I have an ongoing interest in private manuscript Ibāḍī libraries on the island of Djerba in Tunisia and have been compiling a preliminary list of those collections that were noted by other scholars in the 20th century. Some of the collections still exist, while others have been dispersed, relocated elsewhere in … Continue reading قائمة أولية من الخزائن الجربية في القرن العشرين | A Preliminary List of Djerbian Libraries in the 20th century