Ibāḍī Manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie: Descriptions, Watermarks, and Implications

In: Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
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  • 1 University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

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This article offers descriptions of a handful of manuscripts by Ibāḍī Muslim authors held in the Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie (BnT). In addition to the manuscript descriptions, it discusses some of the implications of these and other Ibāḍī manuscripts for the study of the medieval and early modern Ibāḍī traditions in Northern Africa. More specifically, it highlights the previously overlooked potential of manuscript evidence to illuminate our understanding of the formation and long-term maintenance of the Ibāḍī tradition in the Maghrib from the medieval period up to the 20th century.

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    Amr K. Ennami, “A Description of new Ibadi Manuscripts from North Africa,” Journal of Semitic Studies, 15 (1970): 63–87.

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    Martin Custers, Al-Ibāḍiyya: A Bibliography, (3 vols.) (Maastricht: Universitaire Pers Maastricht, 2006). I owe thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this valuable reference.

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    Custers, M., Ibadi Publishing Activities in the East and in the West, C.1880–1960s: An Attempt to an inventory, with references to related recent publications, (Maastricht: Universitaire Pers Maastricht, 2006), 8, fn. 40.

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    On similar polemics see Alexander Knysh, Ibn ʿArabi in the later Islamic tradition: the making of a polemical image in medieval Islam (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999).

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    Custers, Ibāḍī Publishing Activities, 27–31.

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