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...
Ayman Fuʾād Sayyid, Fihrist al-makhṭūṭāt nashra bi-'l-makhṭūṭāt allatī aqtanathā al-dār min sanat 1936-1955. 3 Vol.s (Cairo, 1961-1963). This is a brief follow up to the previous post about Ibadi titles manuscripts in the Dār al-Kutub in Cairo. I just posted a document with a full list of those titles from A. Fuʾād Sayyid's (1961-1963) catalog … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts at the Dār al-Kutub in Egypt (Part 2, the Inventory) | المخطوطات الإباضية في دار الكتب المصرية (الجزء الثاني, الجرد)
A couple of years ago, I received a photocopy of some handwritten notes on Ibadi manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library, the Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya (Figure 1). The notes are dated 1408/1988 in Cairo, where the copyist was sitting at the library with a copy of A. Fuʾād Sayyid's catalog of recent (between 1936-55) acquisitions … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts at the Dār al-Kutub in Egypt (Part 1)| المخطوطات الإباضية في دار الكتب المصرية (الجزء الأول)
A quick note that a podcast interview I did while doing research in Tunisia last summer is now available on the "Maghrib in Past & Present" podcast. If you have not encountered the podcast series yet, you're in for a treat. It offers podcast lectures and interviews with emerging and established scholars of the Maghrib … Continue reading Podcast Interview on “Maghrib in Past & Present” | مقابلة في سلسلة “المغرب في الماضي والحاضر”ـ
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
I am delighted to announce the launch of "EAP1216 The Djerba Libraries Project," a two-year effort to digitize several libraries on the island of Djerba, Tunisia. Funded by Arcadia (a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin) and administered by the British Library's "Endangered Archives Programme," the Djerba Libraries Project aims to produce digital … Continue reading EAP1216 “The Djerba Libraries Project:” A New Manuscript Digitization Project in Djerba, Tunisia | مكتبات جربة: مشروع جديد لرقمنة المكتبات بجربة (تونس)
This month I am back in Tunis to visit the Tunisian National Archives, where I am able to spend a few weeks doing research thanks to an AIMS Short-Term Research Grant (Thanks, AIMS!). I am here because the Tunisian archives house the official correspondence of Saʿīd al-Shammākhī, who was both wakīl for the Bey of … Continue reading Baha’is and Ibadis in the Tunisian Archives | البهائيون والإباضية في الأرشيف التونسي
On 12 September 1878, Hadj Ahmed Ben Othman El Mzabi died in the Valide Sultan hospital in the Sultan Mahmud quarter of Istanbul. He had been working in the Ottoman capital as a confiseur, or 'confectioner,' making sugary sweets. At the time of his death, his wife and children were neither in Istanbul nor in … Continue reading The Mzabi Confectioner of Istanbul: a story from the archives of the 19th century | الحلاوي المزابي في إسطانبول: قصة من أرشيفات القرن التاسع عشر