Program for the Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures 2019 | البرنامج للورشة الدولية حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة المخطوطات عند الإباضية ٢٠١٩

We are delighted to welcome ten participants to Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane this Friday and Saturday (5-6 April 2019) for what we hope is the first of many paper workshops on "Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures." This event brings together specialists from inside and outside the Ibadi community with the aim of developing a … Continue reading Program for the Workshop on Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures 2019 | البرنامج للورشة الدولية حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة المخطوطات عند الإباضية ٢٠١٩

Ibadi connections: Tripoli, Cairo, Baghdad, & Muscat during World War II | الروابط الإباضية: طرابلس والقاهرة وبغداد ومسقط في الحرب العالمية الثانية

As part of an ongoing project on the history of the Ibadi community in Cairo, I have been looking into the later life of the famous Ibadi activist, revolutionary, and diplomat Sulaymān al-Bārūnī. There has been some great stuff written on him in the past but most stories end with his death in Bombay in … Continue reading Ibadi connections: Tripoli, Cairo, Baghdad, & Muscat during World War II | الروابط الإباضية: طرابلس والقاهرة وبغداد ومسقط في الحرب العالمية الثانية

Sulaymān Bāsha al-Bārūnī: A CV in English | سليمان باشا الباروني: سيرة ذاتية بالإنجليزية

It's been a busy semester of classes and I haven't had much time to write. When I saw one particular document from the British Archives today, however, I decided to make time. The document in question comes from a folder entitled "15/3 Vol I XV - B/1 VISITORS SUSPECTS & UNDESIRABLES SULEMAN AL BARUNI AL … Continue reading Sulaymān Bāsha al-Bārūnī: A CV in English | سليمان باشا الباروني: سيرة ذاتية بالإنجليزية

Unexpected Connections: Musa Bey Grada, the Ottomans, and the Buffalo Agency | روابط غير متوقعة: موسى بيك قرادة، العثمانيون، ووكالة الجاموس

While working on an article on the history of Ibadi manuscripts at the Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale (UNO) in Naples, I ran across an interesting connection between that article and a larger project of mine on Ibadis in early-modern Egypt. Several of the UNO Ibadi manuscripts belonged to an Ottoman prefect in the … Continue reading Unexpected Connections: Musa Bey Grada, the Ottomans, and the Buffalo Agency | روابط غير متوقعة: موسى بيك قرادة، العثمانيون، ووكالة الجاموس

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

Article in the Journal of African History | نشر مقال في مجلّة التاريخ الإفريقي

Just a quick announcement that my article entitled "The Colonial Pasts of Medieval Texts in Northern Africa: Useful Knowledge, Publication History, and Political Violence in Colonial and Post-Independence Algeria" was just published in the Journal of African History.  The article traces the publication history of Abū Zakarīyāʾ Yaḥyā al-Wārjlānī's Kitāb al-sīra, exploring the 'colonial pasts' … Continue reading Article in the Journal of African History | نشر مقال في مجلّة التاريخ الإفريقي

Announcing a new manuscript conservation effort in Djerba, Tunisia: the El Bessi Library Project | إعلان بمشروع جديد للحفظ على المخطوطات في جزيرة جربة: مشروع مكتبة جامع الباسي

It is my pleasure to announce that the Endangered Archives Programme (supported by the British Library and Arcadia) has awarded a pilot project grant for the preservation and digitization of the El Basi Mosque manuscript library in Djerba, Tunisia. In cooperation with the Association pour l'animation culturelle à Djerba (Centre Culturel et Touristique Méditerranéen de … Continue reading Announcing a new manuscript conservation effort in Djerba, Tunisia: the El Bessi Library Project | إعلان بمشروع جديد للحفظ على المخطوطات في جزيرة جربة: مشروع مكتبة جامع الباسي

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

Updating the Site | تجديد الموقع

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be updating the site and preparing to post some of the things I have been working on relating to research. Thanks for your patience.في الأسابيع القادمة سأجدّد مضمون الموقع وأحضّر البحوث الجديدة إن شاء الله. شكرا على الصبر