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The “LibMed” team

Hafed Abdouli

Lecturer in medieval history and archaeology at the University of Sfax

Hafed Abdouli got his PhD in 2011 at the University of Tunis with a dissertation entitled “Tripolitania in the medieval period: A study in settlement and archaeology” (in Arabic text). He has taken part in several archaeological projects in Libya and Tunisia and he is also autor of several studies of historical geography and archaeology of medieval Libya. He is devoting his current research to questions relating to the period of transition between ancient and medieval Libya (Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan), and also to the settlement and land use of medieval Libya through an approach that consists of confrontation material remains with literary sources.

Fields of interest : Islamic archeology, historical geography, land use,

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Enas Mohamed Ali Bubtana

Lecturer in Islamic Archeology in University of Benghazi (Gar Younis)

After working at the National Library of Libya from 1996 to 2005, she graduated (MA) working on Islamic inscriptions from Libya (2003). Then, she defended her PhD in Durham University (2019), dedicated to Continuity and change in early Islamic Cyrenaica, between the 7th to 10th centuries CE. She is now teaching Islamic archeology in Benghazi.

Fields of interest : Islamic archeology, Islamic art, Arabic epigraphy, Cirenaica

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Sébastien Garnier

Associate researcher at the Centre Jean Pépin-CNRS UMR 8230 (France), member of the DIM PhASIF research programme and regular contributor to the Abjad database on ancient manuscripts

Agrégé in Arabic (2008), after a Master on al-Tiǧānī’s Riḥla (2005), he started focusing on the Hafsid polity and the Ifrīqiyan social formation in the late Middle Ages. He received his PhD at EHESS-Paris (2019). He has recently published Histoires hafsides. Pouvoir et idéologie (Brill, 2022 — His postdoc unfolds the concept of ‘memories’ in the Hafsid Ifrīqiyan context.

Fields of interest : historiography, codicology, memory, mediation, poetry

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Afaf Kadiki

Director of the Department of Manuscripts at the National Library of Libya (Benghazi)

Holding a degree in Political Science (Gar Younis University, 1996), Afaf Kadiki developed a specialization in the field of libraries and information services. She held several positions within Dār al-Kutub al-Waṭaniyya, which was established in Benghazi in the end of the 1970’s. Being successively head of various offices and departments, also working for the Ministry of Culture, she is currently, since 2010, Head of the Manuscripts & Rare Books Department.

Fields of interest : Arabic manuscripts, Libraries.

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Anna Leone

Professor in Archaeology (University of Durham, United Kingdom)

Anna Leone is a field archaeologist who has been working in Libya and Tunisia for over 25 years. Her research looks at the time of transitions between Late Antiquity, the Byzantine and the Early Islamic periods in North Africa. Her work has focused on the transformation of cities and rural landscapes (Changing Townscapes in North Africa from Late Antiquity to the Arab Conquest, Edipuglia 2007 and the edited volume Bockmann, Leone, Rummel (eds.), From Africa to Ifriqiya, Palilia, 2020),  issues of Christianisation and forts and fortifications.  She has been actively collaborating with the Institut National de Patrimoine de Tunisie and the Department of Antiquities of Libya training field archaeologists and she is actively engaged in the protection of the Libyan and Tunisia Heritage (see for instance From 2017 to 2019 she has led the Training in Action Project ( She is currently co-directing with Lisa Mol a project in the Jebel Nafusā and in Tataouine  focusing on the Imazighen and their tangible and intangible heritage (Heritage without Borders).

Fields of interest : Archaeology, urbanism, Late Antique and early Islamic North Africa

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Paul Love

Associate Professor of History at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco).

Paul Love’s research focuses on the history of premodern northern Africa, with a special interest in the history of Ibadi Muslim communities and their manuscript traditions. He published in 2018 his PhD, Ibadi Muslims of North Africa. Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition (Cambrige, CUP ; Among other projects, he is currently involved in projects of digitizing manuscripts from Ibadi comunities of Djerba (Tunisia) and jabal Nafusa (Libya)

Fields of interest : medieval Ibadism, jabal Nafusa, manuscripts, cultural history

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Aurélien Montel

Associate researcher at the CIHAM-UMR 5648 and at the “Orient&Méditerranée”-UMR 8167 research teams (France)

Being an historian of the medieval Islamic West, he worked on the connexions between al-Andalus and the Maghrib during the reign of the Spanish Umayyad dynasty (8th-11th centuries). Graduating in 2019, he has been studying since the scholars networks of the medieval Maghrib, with a special emphasis on the territory that is now called “Libya”.

Fields of interest : Biographical literature, networks analysis, imperial history, Digital Humanities.

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