The Sālim Bin Yaʿqūb Ibāḍī Manuscript Library in Jerba, Tunisia

A Preliminary Survey & Inventory

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
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This article offers a summary of a recent project aimed at the conservation and preliminary inventory of the Bin Yaʿqūb (Ben Yaqoub) family library in the village of Guīzin (Guezin) on the island of Jerba, Tunisia. The inventory, carried out from September to December 2015 with generous funding from a Collection Care and Emergency Response Grant from The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA), sought to insure the long-term protection of this collection as well as to compile a preliminary inventory of its contents. This article provides an overview of the survey, including its stated goals and the extent to which it realized those objectives. The second half of the article provides a preliminary inventory of the library’s contents.

The Sālim Bin Yaʿqūb Ibāḍī Manuscript Library in Jerba, Tunisia

A Preliminary Survey & Inventory

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

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    Shaykh Sālim b. Yaʿqūb in his library in 1983Photo by Dr. Werner Schwartz, provided by the owner and used with his permission)

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    Photograph of (most of) the manuscript collection in the library of Shaykh Sālim b. Yaʿqūb in January 2015. By this point, most of the bindings had been removed and manuscripts had been placed in brown paper sleeves.Photo by author

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    Manuscript fragments being sorted during the inventoryPhoto by author

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    Photograph of the author writing out inventory labels for fragments in the salon of the dental clinicPhoto by Nājī b. Yaʿqūb

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