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

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 is well known among specialists and my hope is that our efforts to preserve the … Continue reading New article in the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts | مقال جديد في مجلّة المخطوطات الإسلامية

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 him about a growing interest of mine in Ibadi library history and we began talking … Continue reading An Ibadi Bookstore in Tunis | مكتبة إباضية في تونس

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

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 to the very recent manuscript history of a medieval work of siyar known as the … Continue reading The (Almost) Lost Siyar of Jabal Nafusa | سير مشائخ جبل نفوسة (التي كادت تُفقد)