The Jerba Libraries Project: Preserving Endangered Manuscripts and Early Arabic Print Materials in Private Libraries in Jerba, Tunisia (EAP1216)

Aims and objectives

Our project will digitise seven Arabic library collections in Jerba, Tunisia. The contents vary from medieval manuscripts to early modern documents and early Arabic print books. The texts reflect local and regional book culture, institutional and family histories, as well as the history of the three main religious communities in Jerba: the majority Sunni Muslims, Ibadi Muslims, and its Jewish community. Despite their rich variety and scholarly importance, these collections are today endangered by climatic and human factors. Digitising these texts will offer scholars, local families, and institutions a window into the island’s past and preserve them for future generations.