Project Summary

“An Egyptian Sheikh’s Literary World” reconstructs one large Arabic book collection of 480 print and manuscript titles from the inheritance inventory of Sheikh Mustafa Salamah al-Najjari (d. 1286/1870), an important intellectual in late Ottoman Egypt. We then use these titles to build an enhanced data set, which allows us to analyze and visualize bibliographic, economic, geographic, and network data.

This project is the first empirical history of the coexistence of manuscript and print culture in Cairo, and in addition to making our work and discoveries publicly available, we will also blog about our process in order to inform and inspire other digital humanities projects, especially those concerning personal libraries.

Here, you can follow our progress until we create our full website!