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The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Repository and Portal
Sabine Schmidtke, Institute for Advanced Study

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Traditional Yemeni Scholarship amidst Political Turmoil and War: Muhammad b. Muhammad b. Isma'il b. al-Mutahhar al-Mansur (1915-2016) and His Personal Library (Book)
Title: Traditional Yemeni Scholarship amidst Political Turmoil and War: Muhammad b. Muhammad b. Isma'il b. al-Mutahhar al-Mansur (1915-2016) and His Personal Library
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Abstract: The volume evolved as a side product of Schmidtke's "Zaydi Manuscript Tradition" (ZMT) project, which aims to bring together the widely dispersed Zaydi manuscript culture in its entirety in a single repository. It focuses on Muhammad b. Muhammad b. Isma'il al-Mansur (1915–2016), one of the most prominent scholars, bureaucrats, and politicians of twentieth-century Yemen, and his private collection of manuscripts. Based on his ijaza ("license to transmit"), his own writings, and other documentary materials, as well as his collection of manuscripts and the many handwritten comments and notes added by al-Mansur, the book discusses his biography and intellectual milieu and provides insights into the manuscript culture of twentieth-century Yemen. Taken together, the volume contributes to the study of twentieth-century Yemen's intellectual and social history, and it immediately relates to recent work of historical anthropologists specializing in Yemen.
Year: 2018
Publisher: UCOPress
ISBN: 978-84-9927-42
Copy sent to NEH?: No

The Zaydi Reception of Bahshamite Mu'tazilism: Facsimile Edition of MS Shiraz, Library of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Shiraz ('Allama Tabataba'i Library), majmu'a 102 (Book)
Title: The Zaydi Reception of Bahshamite Mu'tazilism: Facsimile Edition of MS Shiraz, Library of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Shiraz ('Allama Tabataba'i Library), majmu'a 102
Author: Hassan Ansari
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Abstract: Iranian libraries hold only few manuscripts that testify to the extended and intensive Mu'tazilite past in the various centers of Zaydi scholarship in the Caspian region, in Hurasan, and in Rayy. Among the few Mu'tazilite Zaydi works preserved in the libraries of Iran is a miscellany held by the library of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Shiraz ('Allama Tabataba'i Library). The magmu'a, a facsimile of which is included in the present publication, was written between 673/1274-75 and 676/1277 and contains doctrinal works by Imami and Zaydi theologians from both Iran and from Yemen. Most of the codex consists of a theological summa, a ta'liq that had been composed or transcribed by one Abu Tahir b. Ali al-Saffar which was based on the Kitab al-Usul by Abu Ali Muhammad b. Hallad al-Basri, the distinguished disciple of the Mu'tazilite theologian and founder of the Bahšamiyya, Abu Hašim al-Gubba'i (d. 321/933), with an unknown number of commentary layers in between.
Year: 2019
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
ISBN: 978-1-4632-402

Abu Talib Yahya b. al-Husayn al-Haruni (d. 424/1033) on the consensus of the family of the Prophet: An editio princeps of his Risala fí Anna ijma' ahl al-bayt hujja (Ms Milan, Ambrosiana, ar. F 29/4, fols 290v-295v) (Article)
Title: Abu Talib Yahya b. al-Husayn al-Haruni (d. 424/1033) on the consensus of the family of the Prophet: An editio princeps of his Risala fí Anna ijma' ahl al-bayt hujja (Ms Milan, Ambrosiana, ar. F 29/4, fols 290v-295v)
Author: Hassan Ansari
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Abstract: Abu Talib Yahya b. al-Husayn al-Haruni (d. 424/1033) on the consensus of the family of the Prophet: An editio princeps of his Risala fí Anna ijma' ahl al-bayt hujja (Ms Milan, Ambrosiana, ar. F 29/4, fols 290v-295v)
Year: 2019
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Shii Studies Review

Islamic Manuscript Traditions (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Islamic Manuscript Traditions
Abstract: Sabine Schmidtke speaks on the vast, global, and indispensable Islamic manuscript tradition, a world heritage that is currently under immediate threat.
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 05/01/2019
Location: Institute for Advanced Study
Primary URL: https://www.ias.edu/ideas/islamic-manuscript-traditions

Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World: The Case of Yemen (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World: The Case of Yemen
Abstract: Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World: The Case of Yemen
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 03/25/2019
Location: University of Calgary

Some Features of the History of Southern Arabia during the Islamic Period (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Some Features of the History of Southern Arabia during the Islamic Period
Abstract: Part of "Making Sense of Yemen, A Panel Discussion"
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 01/30/2019
Location: University of Pennsylvania

Towards a History of the Libraries of Yemen (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Towards a History of the Libraries of Yemen
Abstract: Part of the international conference "Yemeni Manuscript Collections and Zaydi Studies"
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 12/06/2018
Location: Institute for Advanced Study

Book Conversation: Salvaging the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: The Fate of Private and Family Libraries in 20th-century Yemen (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Book Conversation: Salvaging the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: The Fate of Private and Family Libraries in 20th-century Yemen
Abstract: Part of the "Historical Studies-Social Science Book Conversation Series"
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 12/04/2018
Location: Institute for Advanced Study

Travelling Knowledge: Towards a Historical Bibliography of the Islamic World. The Case of Yemen (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Travelling Knowledge: Towards a Historical Bibliography of the Islamic World. The Case of Yemen
Abstract: Travelling Knowledge: Towards a Historical Bibliography of the Islamic World. The Case of Yemen
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 11/20/2018
Location: University of Haifa

Islam's Rationalist Heritage and the Preservation of Yemeni Religious Manuscripts (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Islam's Rationalist Heritage and the Preservation of Yemeni Religious Manuscripts
Abstract: Part of "Challenges Facing Yemen's Millenia-Long Cultural Heritage Roundtable," Middle East Studies Association 2018 Annual Meeting
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 11/17/2018
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Travelling Knowledge: Historical Libraries of the Islamic World (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Travelling Knowledge: Historical Libraries of the Islamic World
Abstract: Travelling Knowledge: Historical Libraries of the Islamic World
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 10/22/2018
Location: University of Miami

Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World (The Case of Yemen) (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World (The Case of Yemen)
Abstract: Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World (The Case of Yemen)
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 09/10/2018
Location: Cologne, Germany

Yemen's Threatened Cultural Heritage (Article)
Title: Yemen's Threatened Cultural Heritage
Author: Christian C. Sahner
Abstract: The heartbreakingly destructive civil war in Yemen has put some of the world’s most treasured Islamic manuscripts in peril.
Year: 2018
Primary URL: https://www.wsj.com/articles/yemens-threatened-cultural-heritage-11545739200
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: The Wall Street Journal

The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT) Project. Digitizing the Collections of Yemeni Manuscripts in Italian Libraries (Article)
Title: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT) Project. Digitizing the Collections of Yemeni Manuscripts in Italian Libraries
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Author: Valentina Sagaria Rossi
Abstract: The literary tradition of the Zaydi community, a branch of Shiʿi Islam that originated in Kufa and later developed in Northern Iran and Yemen, is among the richest and most variegated strands within Islamic civilization and at the same time one of the least studied due to issues of preservation and access. The ZMT project is an attempt to create a digital library of the literary tradition of Zaydism.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://albert.ias.edu/bitstream/handle/20.500.12111/7824/Sagaria%20Rossi%20Schmidtke%202019%20COMSt%20Newsletter%205_1%2043-60.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y
Secondary URL: https://albert.ias.edu/bitstream/handle/20.500.12111/7824/Sagaria%20Rossi%20Schmidtke%202019%20COMSt%20Newsletter%205_1%2043-60.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies (COMSt) Bulletin 5/1 (2019), pp. 43-60

Islamic Manuscript Traditions (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Islamic Manuscript Traditions
Abstract: Presentation at the spring meeting of the IAS Board of Trustees in May 2019
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 5/2/2019
Location: Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Primary URL: https://youtu.be/tYAr2jZQDsA

The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT) Project: Digitizing the Collections of Yemeni Manuscripts in Italian Libraries (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT) Project: Digitizing the Collections of Yemeni Manuscripts in Italian Libraries
Abstract: 41st annual meeting, MELCom International: European Association of Middle East Librarians, Naples
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Author: Valentina Sagaria Rossi
Date: 6/18/2019
Location: Naples, Italy

Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World: The Case of Yemen (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period in the Islamic World: The Case of Yemen
Abstract: The Islamicate world is renowned for its numerous public and private libraries, expression of an overall book culture that seems to aptly characterize large segments of Near and Middle Eastern societies beyond denominational borders throughout time. While some libraries have completely vanished, others can partly be reconstructed on the basis of the dispersed codices and/or data provided in secondary historical sources. Since much of Yemen's manuscript tradition has come down to us, the preserved material allows for a meticulous longue durée study of Yemen's religio-cultural history through its libraries, the outlines of which will be sketched out in the lecture.
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 6/25/2019
Location: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, Italy

The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition Project: A Collaborative Endeavor of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Collaboration with Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition Project: A Collaborative Endeavor of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Collaboration with Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)
Abstract: As part of the IAS Webinar, Digitization at IAS, Sabine Schmidtke presented on the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition project partnership with Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Date: 4/29/2020
Location: Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Primary URL: https://youtu.be/DyVCEFGBAds

Un progetto online per salvare I preziosi manoscritti dello Yemen (Article)
Title: Un progetto online per salvare I preziosi manoscritti dello Yemen
Author: Riccardo Michelucci
Abstract: Based on an interview with Dr. Sagraria Rossi of the Accademia dei Lincei about the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition Project (ZMT) at IAS and the collaboration to preserve this invaluable tradition, especially among the collections preserved in Italy.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.ias.edu/sites/default/files/media-assets/ZMT_Michelucci-LaRepublica-IT_avvenire_20200201.pdf
Secondary URL: https://www.ias.edu/sites/default/files/media-assets/ZMT_Michelucci-LaRepublica-IT_avvenire_20200201.pdf
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Dall’Avvenire (February 1, 2020), p. 22

I manoscritti dello Yemen salvati online (Article)
Title: I manoscritti dello Yemen salvati online
Author: Francesca Caferri
Abstract: Francesca Caferri discusses the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition project and its efforts to include the rich Italian collections of Yemeni manuscripts, a collaborative endeavor of the Institute for Advanced Study and the Accademia dei Lincei.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://www.ias.edu/sites/default/files/media-assets/Caferri_manoscritti%20yemen_repubblica_22-11-2019.pdf
Secondary URL: https://www.ias.edu/sites/default/files/media-assets/Caferri_manoscritti%20yemen_repubblica_22-11-2019.pdf
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Il Venerdì di Repubblica (November 22, 2019), p. 30

Handschriften aus dem Jemen digitalisiert (Blog Post)
Title: Handschriften aus dem Jemen digitalisiert
Author: Christoph Rauch
Abstract: No abstract available.
Date: 11/25/2019
Primary URL: https://blog.sbb.berlin/handschriften-aus-dem-jemen-digitalisiert/
Blog Title: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin-Preußischer Kulturbesitz: Blog-Netwerk für Forschung und Kultur (November 25, 2019)

Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (Article)
Title: Zaydi Manuscript Tradition
Author: Erica Machulak
Abstract: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT), a collaboration between the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, is working to digitize a dynamic body of literature, theology, astronomy, legal sources, and other materials spanning a millennium. This work becomes ever more urgent as Zaydi manuscripts, one of the richest threads of our global intellectual history, are further threatened by air raids, smugglers, and obscurity.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://www.neh.gov/article/zaydi-manuscript-tradition
Format: Magazine
Periodical Title: Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities (Fall 2019, Volume 4, Number 4, p. 18

The Beginnings of Shīʿī Studies in Germany: Rudolf Strothmann and His Correspondence with Carl Heinrich Becker, Ignaz Goldziher, and Eugenio Griffini, 1910 through 1923 (Book)
Title: The Beginnings of Shīʿī Studies in Germany: Rudolf Strothmann and His Correspondence with Carl Heinrich Becker, Ignaz Goldziher, and Eugenio Griffini, 1910 through 1923
Author: Sabine Schmidtke
Abstract: Rudolf Strothmann (b. 1877, d. 1960) played a pioneering role in the scholarly exploration of Shīʿī Islam in Western, and in particular German, scholarship. Between 1910 and 1923, he published a number of pathbreaking studies on the Zaydiyya, consulting primarily the recently purchased collections of Yemeni Zaydī manuscripts in Berlin. At the same time, and to the extent that this was possible in view of the lack of relevant sources in Germany and the rest of Europe, Strothmann began to delve into Twelver Shīʿī literature, an endeavour which culminated in his 1926 monograph, Die Zwölfer-Schīʿa: Zwei religionsgeschichtliche Charakterbilder aus der Mongolenzeit, a portrait of the two prominent seventh/thirteenth-century Imāmī scholars Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī (d. 672/1274) and Raḍī al-Dīn ʿAlī b. Mūsā Ibn Ṭāwūs (d. 664/1266). During the later decades of his life, Strothmann primarily focussed on various strands of Ismāʿīlism. His rich published work testifies to his erudition and versatility and continues to form an important point of departure for scholars working on different aspects of Shīʿism in the early twenty-first century. In addition, Strothmann’s use of the manuscript treasures of Berlin State Library between 1908 and 1926 reflects his evolution as a scholar during those years. This study examines the earlier decades of Strothmann’s life and his formation as a theologian and a scholar of Semitic languages and Islamic culture. Moreover, it sheds light on his scholarly work during the 1910s through his correspondences with Ignaz Goldziher (b. 1850, d. 1921) and Eugenio Griffini (b. 1878, d. 1925), of which an annotated edition is provided.
Year: 2021
Publisher: Submitted for consideration to the American Philosophical Society
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Yemeni Manuscript Cultures in Peril (Book)
Title: Yemeni Manuscript Cultures in Peril
Editor: Sabine Schmidtke
Editor: Hassan Ansari
Abstract: An illustrated collection of articles on Yemeni manuscript culture.
Year: 2021
Publisher: Gorgias Press
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 9781463242022
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Opening Yemen Up to Italy: Coffee, Textiles, and Arabic Manuscripts (Book Section)
Title: Opening Yemen Up to Italy: Coffee, Textiles, and Arabic Manuscripts
Author: Valentina Sagaria Rossi
Abstract: Book section within Yemeni Manuscript Cultures in Peril, an illustrated collection of articles on Yemeni manuscript culture.
Year: 2021
Publisher: Gorgias Press
Book Title: Yemeni Manuscript Cultures in Peril

Eduard Glaser’s Personal Nachlass in Archives of the Czech Republic (Book Section)
Title: Eduard Glaser’s Personal Nachlass in Archives of the Czech Republic
Author: Jan Thiele
Abstract: Book section within Yemeni Manuscript Cultures in Peril, an illustrated collection of articles on Yemeni manuscript culture.
Year: 2021
Publisher: Gorgias Press
Book Title: Yemeni Manuscript Cultures in Peril


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