Ibadi Muslims of North Africa

Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition

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Paul M. Love Jr.
  • Cambridge: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , September
     228 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Ibadi Muslims, a little-known minority community, have lived in North Africa for over a thousand years. Combining an analysis of Arabic manuscripts with digital tools used in network analysis, Paul M. Love, Jr takes readers on a journey across the Maghrib and beyond as he traces the paths of a group of manuscripts and the Ibadi scholars who used them. Ibadi scholars of the Middle Period (eleventh to sixteenth century) wrote a series of collective biographies (prosopographies), which together constructed a cumulative tradition that connected Ibadi Muslims from across time and space, bringing them together into a "written network." From the Mzab valley in Algeria to the island of Jerba in Tunisia, from the Jebel Nafusa in Libya to the bustling metropolis of early-modern Cairo, this book shows how people and books worked in tandem to construct and maintain an Ibadi Muslim tradition in the Maghrib.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Paul M. Love Jr. is assistant professor of North African, Middle Eastern, and Islamic history at Al Akhawayn University, Morocco. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan, is a former Fulbright scholar, and received three prestigious Critical Language Scholarships from the United States Department of State. His research has been funded by the Council for American Overseas Research Centers, the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.


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