Category Archives: Private Libraries

An Ibadi Bookstore in Tunis | مكتبة إباضية في تونس

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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: … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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