Category Archives: Public Libaries & Archives

The Mzabi Confectioner of Istanbul: a story from the archives of the 19th century | الحلاوي المزابي في إسطانبول: قصة من أرشيفات القرن التاسع عشر

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 … Continue reading

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Jerba in European Archives: The Ben Ibrahim Family & the Consulates of France and Britain in the 19th century | جربة في الأرشيفات الأوروبية: عائلة “بن إبراهيم” وقنصليات فرنسا وبريطانية في القرن التاسع عشر

This week, I am in France at the Centre des Archives diplomatiques de Nantes looking for documents connecting Ibadis in Jerba and Cairo. I did a similar visit in January to the British National Archives (Kew) in London, where I … 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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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