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A Resource for Maghrebi Knowledge: Ketabook.com

From the website:

Dear prospective customer,

Acquiring books from the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in particular) posed until now many problems both for librarians and for the specialists of the region, particularly in the western world. One reason for this is the ambiguous identity of the Maghreb itself.  Where do you go for books about the Maghreb?  To Middle-Eastern publishers?  To Africanist bookstores?  To France, the former colonizer?  Another reason for this is the still prevailing idea among many of these that books about North Africa could be obtained in France by virtue of the cultural legacy inherited from the colonial era. This presumption disregards the enormous changes witnessed by the region since the independence of its countries more than forty years ago. In fact, not only has the region witnessed an unprecedented upsurge of academic production in all fields, it has also been the theatre of an intense publishing activity. If French continues to be largely used by the westernized elite, particularly in literature, more and more Maghrebis are expressing themselves in Arabic, the national language of the three countries, and the principal medium of university education. In fact, at present the books published in France about the Maghreb represent less than 5% of the total production about the region.

You will be amazed to discover that, in the field of publishing, a country like Morocco can now easily measure up to countries like Egypt or Lebanon not only in terms of quantity but also and particularly in quality.

The goal of Ketabook.com, the first online bookstore of the Maghreb, is to provide in the first place books published in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to libraries and institutions of scholarship and research at affordable costs and with a maximum of e-technology efficiency.

Being academics ourselves with years of university service in the field of humanities and social sciences and enjoying close relations with the publishing circles in the region, we put our experience at the service of the academic community and the specialized libraries throughout the world. Our clients include prestigious institutions such as Oxford University, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, or Georgetown University.

Our website catalog will show the richness of the scholarly production in the region, especially by bringing forth the production of small or provincial publishers who rarely have the means to reach out to the wider market in the big cities. Besides publications in French, we will also include in our catalog books in Arabic, many of which are reprints of the old 19th century lithograph press, or editions of books which have until now existed in a manuscript form only.

We invite you to get in touch with us directly at info@ketabook.com if you need personalized solutions to your particular library and academic needs.

Sincerely,
“The Team of ketabook.com”
http://www.Ketabook.com

Ambassadors of Maghrebi knowledge

From now on acquiring books from the Maghreb, and other educational material won’t be a problem anymore for scholars and libraries interested in the region, no matter where they happen to be.

At Ketabook.com you will find…

1) Books, Periodicals, & Rare Books
History, Society, Economy, Politics, Literature, Art, Linguistics, Islamic Studies, Sufism…

2) Blanket Order & Approval Plans facilitation

3) Special Orders …for those hard to find items

4) Easy ordering with Discounts of up to 15%

5) An Order Fill Rate of over 98%

6) Additional Discounts …on orders over $5,000.00

7) Academic Assistance & Counseling
…to help you build up your collection

8) ‘Up to the Minute’ Pricing …for your Budget Planning

9) Sturdy Hardback Bookbinding
…with an option for Moroccan leather binding

Your number ONE source of Maghrebi knowledge

Everyday, we make use of our experience and of technology to save you time, simplify the ordering and payment procedures, and hence, allow you to save a substantial amount of money on your purchases.

Our presence in Rabat, the administrative and cultural capital of Morocco, allows us to take advantage of the growing economic and political liberalism of this country to offer services which are not less efficient than the ones found in the USA. In the same respect, we are taking advantage of new free-trade agreement signed between Morocco and the USA to better serve our customers on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

As an example, merchandise dispatched through the Moroccan postal system can reach you anywhere in the United States in as little as one week. Other international postal services like UPS or DHL are much more rapid, even though slightly more expensive. At Ketabook, we offer you choice, depending on the urgency of your orders.

Interesting Link:

Core list for Malikism in the Islamic West:

http://www.ketabook.com/corelist/CoreListR2-Malikism.pdf

A Warning About Ordering Arabic Books Online in the US

Recently, the Institute of Islamic Education ordered several shipments of books from national suppliers for its research library. Given the cost of the shipments, each order was a significant investment. I thought I would share our experience with some companies that supply Arabic books in the US.

Make sure that you are aware that often the book you see advertised on the website is not exactly what you will get. The edition of the book they ship to you and bill you for is not necessarily the same as the one you thought you were getting when you placed the order.

Recently, we ordered, amongst other books, the ten volume Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah copy of Kasani’s Bada’i’ al-Sana’i’ . That was the only copy displayed on the site and the one we had in mind when ordering. When the shipment came in, however, the company had sent us the Dar al-Ma’rifah edition, which is in 8 volumes and, although costs less, is not the edition we wanted.

Also, be careful to make sure to save your order confirmation receipt/letter. You may order one copy of a book and be sent two copies instead. That may not be a big deal if the book is a single volume. In our case, the book was 20 volumes (Ibn Rushd’s Al-Bayan wa ‘l-Tahsil in Maliki fiqh) and each copy costs $325.00. You don’t want an extra 20 volumes lying around and be paying $650 unnecessarily. Even if the company is willing to correct the order, at the least you will be stuck with sending back the books and arranging for its shipment.

In summary, its a good idea, especially when the order is large, to:

1. Call the company before and after placing the order to confirm the details of the order.

2. Keep the confirmation letter and print out a copy for yourself.

3. Expect mix-ups.  (They have happened too often now for me to consider them anomalies).

Keep in mind that this doesn’t apply to all bookstores out there. I haven’t had any problems with http://www.albalagh.net and I imagine it is because the owners know something about books. Some other stores don’t really seem to know anything about the books themselves (indicative by the fact that you find a lot of books categorized incorrectly on their websites).  Fadak Books has also been relatively good recently, although I have had the editions issue with them on some occasions.

I’d like to hear your experiences with these companies. Which companies do you order books from? What have your experiences been?

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