Category Archives: Private Libraries

The owners and life cycle of Ibadi Manuscripts: AK157 from the Buffalo Agency | أصحاب المخطوطات الإباضية ومراحل حياتها: “أك١٥٧” من وكالة الجاموس نموذجا

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 … Continue reading

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Oddments from a “Nukkārī” Ibadi Library: the al-Ṣāṭūrī Library in Jerba, Tunisia | بقايا من مكتبة “نكارية”: مكتبة الصاطوري بجزيرة جربة (تونس)

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), … Continue reading

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Intersections between Manuscript and Lithograph Cultures in Private Libraries | التداخلات بين ثقافتَي المخطوطات والطبعات الحجرية في المكتبات الخاصّة

Historians interested in Ibadi and other Arabic manuscripts (including me) often treat manuscripts separately from printed materials in private libraries. But in the second half of the 19th century, when Arabic lithography witnessed an explosion of production in urban centers … Continue reading

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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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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New article in the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts | مقال جديد في مجلّة المخطوطات الإسلامية

I am hoping to have another manuscript catalog published by December but in the meantime, I wanted to announce the publication of my inventory of the manuscript library of Shaykh Sālim b. Yaʿqūb (d.1991) in Jerba, Tunisia. This rich collection … Continue reading

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