Libraries

 

Introduction.

Private and public collections of Ibadi manuscripts have been the object of study for historians and specialists in Islam for well over a century. Today, most Ibadi manuscript collections remain in private libraries, ranging from a couple of volumes in someone’s house to thousands of texts in an organized, privately-owned library. Many of these collections have been cataloged and inventoried and those interested in studies of collections and catalogues can consult Martin Custers’ Al-Ibāḍiyya: A Bibliography (2nd. ed., 2016).

My own research has dealt primarily with family collections on the island of Jerba (Tunisia). I am likewise interested in collections that have been lost, damaged, or dispersed to European or North American libraries. On this page, I will be adding information on the libraries or collections I have researched or on which I am currently working.

Library Catalogs & Inventories. (Links coming soon)

These inventories and catalogs have come out of my fieldwork with Ibadi collections in northern Africa and Europe. They consist of both formal publications in academic journals and online-only publications of manuscript collections. The distinction here between ‘inventory’ and ‘catalog’ is that the former refers only to titles in a collection, whereas the latter refers to both inventories and codicological descriptions of manuscripts. When possible, I have also included an additional catalog of watermarks.

[1] Inventory of the Shaykh Sālim b. Yaʿqūb Library in Djerba, Tunisia [See also 6 below]

[2] Inventory of the al-Baʿṭūr Library in Djerba, Tunisia

[3] Catalog of Ibadi and other Maghribi Arabic MSS at the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine

[4] Catalog of Ibadi Manuscripts at the Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale (UNO) in Naples, Italy

[5] Catalog of Ibadi and other Arabic Manuscripts at the Association pour la sauvegarde de l’île de Djerba in Djerba, Tunisia

[6] Catalog of Bound Volumes in the Shaykh Sālim b. Yaʿqūb Library in Djerba, Tunisia