This post is the first in what I hope to make a series on Ibāḍī manuscript binding structures. A handful of important works have been published in the last few years on Islamic manuscripts and their bindings and these have been leading toward typologies for bindings, sewing, and other related components . My hope is … Continue reading Unsewn Textblocks in Ibāḍī MSS | مخطوطات إباضية غير مخيطة
(الترجمة العربية ستأتي قريبا إن شاء الله) Over the course of the last few months, I have been an unofficial apprentice to Tunisian bookbinder and bookseller Mohamed Elbanani. Mohamed is the proprietor of Beit El-Bennani, a private library on Bab Menara boulevard in Tunis that houses an incredible collection of Tunisia-related books, manuscripts, and photographs. … Continue reading On Marbled Papers | حول الأوراق "الرخامية"
I recently returned from a wonderful visit to the Mzab valley where I had the opportunity to examine some of the rich manuscript libraries of Ghardaia, Benisguen, and Ateuf. While it is difficult to summarize the many collections which I had the chance to visit and the manuscripts which I had the chance to examine, … Continue reading زيارة إلى الميزاب | A visit to the Mzab
I recently had the pleasure of giving a short talk on my dissertation topic (Ibadi networks & siyar literature) at the American Center for Maghrebi Studies (CEMA) in Oran, Algeria on my way back from a visit to the Mzab valley. Two articles (one in French and the other in Arabic) appeared in Algerian newspapers … Continue reading Two Articles on a Ibadi Networks talk at CEMA in Oran | مقالان عن مداخلة حول الشبكات الإباضية في المركز الأمريكي في وهران
A quick note to say that the dissertation abstract has been updated & is now available in Arabic. More to come soon on Ibadi manuscript libraries in Mzab from my most recent trip.ملاحظة سريعة للغاية: ملخص الأطروحة موجود الآن باللغة العربية (انظر الصفحة الخاصة للأطروحة) وإن شاء الله سأكتب عن رحلتي الأخيرة إلى بعض المكتبات … Continue reading ملخص الأطروحة | Disseration Abstract in Arabic Available
My recent trip in March to the Archives Nationales d'Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence  France yielded a fascinating collection of documents from the private archive of French Orientalist Roger LeTourneau (1907-1971). The "Fond LeTourneau" [APOM7/1-29] is made up of 29 cartons of personal papers, notes, letters, and other documents donated to the archives following LeTourneau's … Continue reading Ibadi Related Documents at the Archives Nationales d’Outre Mer | وثائق متعلّقة بالإباضية في الأرشيفات الخارجية الفرنسية
A quick note that this month a special issue of Muslim World devoted to the Ibadi Islam comes out. Table of contents available here.ملاحظة سريعة: المجلّة الأكادمية "العالم المسلم" تنشر عددا خاصا حول الإباضية في شهر أفريل. المحتويات متوفرة هنا.
I apologize for the delay in posting. A family emergency brought me back to the U.S. for February and I am still catching up.أعتذر للتأخّر في وضع مداخلة جديدة. كان يجب عليّ الرجوع إلى أمريكا لشهر فبراير لمشكلة عائلية. سأضيف الترجمة العربية للمداخلة هذه فيما بعد إن شاء الله This is a quick post to … Continue reading Barouni Manuscript Library, a Livre d’Or | المكتبة البارونية: كتاب التسجيل
Dr. Nājī b. Yaʿqūb in front of the Sheikh Salim LibraryYesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the second annual cultural seminar in remembrance of Ibadi scholar Sheikh Salim b. Yaʿqūb (d.1991) in Houmt Souk, Djerba. His grandson, Dr. Naji b. Yaqub, founded a cultural association in his name (l'Association Culturelle Cheikh Salim) and it … Continue reading Cheikh Salim Seminar in Djerba & the Salim b. Yaʿqūb Library | ملتقى الشيخ سالم الثقافي في جربة ومكتبة سالم بن يعقوب
I apologize for the delay in posting. It actually had nothing to do with the holiday season but was rather due to a trip to Algiers this month during which I had limited access to the internet. That trip yielded a handful of interesting things and I hope to gather my notes together and write … Continue reading Ibadi MSS at the Univ. of Naples "L’Orientale" | المخطوطات الإباضية في جامعة نابولي الشرقية