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 ministry's Online Library is now live and offers an interface in Arabic, English, and French. … Continue reading New Online Resource for Ibadi and Omani Manuscripts & Newspapers | مرجع جديد للبحث حول المخطوطات الإباضية والجرائد متوفّر في الإنترنت

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

Abū Yazīd Makhlad b. Kaydād, the Jihadist | أبو يزيد مخلد من كيداد، الجهادي

[تنبيه: الترجمة العربية ستأتي بعد] Ibadis appear in surprising places—including late-20th century Jihadist literature. This post is about an unexpected use of the story of the famous 10th-century Ibadi leader of a rebellion against the Fatimid dynasty, Abū Yazīd Makhlad b. Kaydād (d.333/945), which appeared in a Jihadist newsletter from the 1990s called al-Anṣār. I … Continue reading Abū Yazīd Makhlad b. Kaydād, the Jihadist | أبو يزيد مخلد من كيداد، الجهادي

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

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 watermarks with images, former owners, and copyists. The full version is available in PDF format … Continue reading Ibadi Manuscripts in Naples| المخطوطات الإباضية في نابولي

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

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 orientalist and military interpreter Adolphe de C. Motylinski (1854-1907), who collected manuscripts while working in … Continue reading An Ibadi Manuscript at Columbia University (Part 3/3)| مخطوط إباضي في جامعة كولومبيا (٣/٣)