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

From the Jebel Nafusa to Cairo: Notes on Ibadi Print Culture and the Buffalo Agency (part 2: Qāsim al-Shammākhī) | من جبل نفوسة إلى القاهرة: ملاحظات حول ثقافة الطباعة عند الإباضية ووكالة الجاموس (الجزء الثاني: قاسم الشماخي)

I return here to the first Ibadi newspaper published in Cairo in the 20th century: the Nibrās al-Mashāriqa wa-'l-Maghāriba, which was recently published in one volume Oman in 2014 (ed. Ṣulṭān al-Shahīmī). The paper ran for about three years (1322-1326AH/1904-1906CE) under the direction of Qāsim b. Saʿīd al-Shammākhī & Muṣṭafā b. Ismāʿīl al-ʿUmarī. In the previous … Continue reading From the Jebel Nafusa to Cairo: Notes on Ibadi Print Culture and the Buffalo Agency (part 2: Qāsim al-Shammākhī) | من جبل نفوسة إلى القاهرة: ملاحظات حول ثقافة الطباعة عند الإباضية ووكالة الجاموس (الجزء الثاني: قاسم الشماخي)

From the Jabal Nafusa to Egypt: Notes on Ibadi Manuscripts, Print Culture, and the Buffalo Agency in Cairo (part one) | من جبل نفوسة إلى مصر: ملاحظات حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة الطباعة ووكالة الجاموس في القاهرة (الجزء الأول)

Thanks to the good folks over at Ibadica in Paris, I recently obtained a copy of the printed edition of the first Ibadi newspaper from Cairo, the Nibrās al-mashāriqa wa-'l-maghāriba (ed. Ṣulṭān al-Shahīmī) re-published in one volume in Oman in 2014. [1] This fascinating publication ran for about three years (1322-1326AH/1904-1906CE) under the direction of Qāsim b. … Continue reading From the Jabal Nafusa to Egypt: Notes on Ibadi Manuscripts, Print Culture, and the Buffalo Agency in Cairo (part one) | من جبل نفوسة إلى مصر: ملاحظات حول المخطوطات الإباضية وثقافة الطباعة ووكالة الجاموس في القاهرة (الجزء الأول)

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

Oddments from a “Nukkārī” Ibadi Library: the al-Ṣāṭūrī Library in Jerba, Tunisia | بقايا من مكتبة “نكارية”: مكتبة الصاطوري بجزيرة جربة (تونس)

Over the past several years, I have worked with private manuscript collections belonging to families in Jerba, Tunisia. The island is home to several well-known libraries, including those belonging to the Barouni (al-Bārūnī), Ben Yagoub (Bin Yaʿqūb), El Bessi (al-Bāsī), and Batour (al-Baʿṭūr) families. A lesser-known but equally important collection belonging to the Satouri (al-Ṣāṭūrī) … Continue reading Oddments from a “Nukkārī” Ibadi Library: the al-Ṣāṭūrī Library in Jerba, Tunisia | بقايا من مكتبة “نكارية”: مكتبة الصاطوري بجزيرة جربة (تونس)

Book out now: “Ibadi Muslims of North Africa” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) | صدر كتاب جديد: “إباضية إفريقيا الشمالية (منشورات جامعة كامبريج، ٢٠١٨)

I am excited to announce the publication of my first book, Ibadi Muslims of North Africa: Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2018), available here on Amazon.co.uk. It will be available on the US-based site soon. You can also take a look at the table of contents and see … Continue reading Book out now: “Ibadi Muslims of North Africa” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) | صدر كتاب جديد: “إباضية إفريقيا الشمالية (منشورات جامعة كامبريج، ٢٠١٨)

Soon! 9th Conference on Ibadi Studies @ Peking University | قريبا! المؤتمر التاسع حول الدراسات الإباضية في جامعة بيكينغ

A quick note that beginning this coming Monday 17th September 2018, the 9th Conference on Ibadi Studies will be held at Peking University. For the program and additional information, see the website here. نقطة سريعة لأخبركم بأنّ المؤتمر التاسع حول الدراسات الإباضية سيتمّ بجامعة بيكينغ في الصين بداية من يوم الإثنين ١٧ سبتمبر. للمزيد من … Continue reading Soon! 9th Conference on Ibadi Studies @ Peking University | قريبا! المؤتمر التاسع حول الدراسات الإباضية في جامعة بيكينغ

Intersections between Manuscript and Lithograph Cultures in Private Libraries | التداخلات بين ثقافتَي المخطوطات والطبعات الحجرية في المكتبات الخاصّة

Historians interested in Ibadi and other Arabic manuscripts (including me) often treat manuscripts separately from printed materials in private libraries. But in the second half of the 19th century, when Arabic lithography witnessed an explosion of production in urban centers like Cairo and Tunis, Ibadi manuscripts and lithographs (and other types of printing later) existed … Continue reading Intersections between Manuscript and Lithograph Cultures in Private Libraries | التداخلات بين ثقافتَي المخطوطات والطبعات الحجرية في المكتبات الخاصّة

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 Djerba (ASIDJ) in Houmet Souk, Djerba. This library has an eclectic and fascinating collection of … Continue reading 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

Destroy a mosque they prayed in… imprison them, and beat them | هدم مسجد كانوا يصلون فيه…سجنهم وضربهم

This post comes from a handful of fatwas I ran across in the famous Miʿyār al-Muʿrib of the 15th-century North African scholar Aḥmad al-Wansharīsī (d.914/1508). It turns out that this amazing collection of thousands of fatwas, used by many modern historians as a source for legal and social history of the Maghrib, also includes a … Continue reading Destroy a mosque they prayed in… imprison them, and beat them | هدم مسجد كانوا يصلون فيه…سجنهم وضربهم