Islamic Manuscripts from Mali at the Library of Congress

Islamic Manuscripts from Mali features 32 manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha, both in Timbuktu, Mali. The manuscripts presented online are displayed in their entirety and are an exemplary grouping that showcase the wide variety of subjects covered by the written traditions of Timbuktu, Mali, … More Islamic Manuscripts from Mali at the Library of Congress

Timbuktu

The city of Timbuktu is at the southern tip of the Sahara Desert. The city has many houses made with adobe. Timbuktu was founded during the 11th century and thrived on trade across the Sahara. In the 16th century an estimated 100,000 people lived in the city. Caravans still cross the desert and come to … More Timbuktu

The University of Sankore at Timbuctoo: A Neglected Achievement in Black Intellectual History

If the University of Sankore had not been destroyed; if Professor Ahmad Baba, author of forty historical works, had not had his works and his university destroyed; if the University of Sankore as it was in 1591 had survived the ravage of foreign invasions; the academic and cultural history of Africa might have been different … More The University of Sankore at Timbuctoo: A Neglected Achievement in Black Intellectual History

Travelling the African Ink Road: Legacy of Timbuktu and Wonders of the Written Word Exhibit

“Grains come from the South, salt comes from the North, but Knowledge and beautiful things come from Timbuktu.” … More Travelling the African Ink Road: Legacy of Timbuktu and Wonders of the Written Word Exhibit