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photo: Manuscript in Ahmed Baba Center
Source: History.com

Manuscripts in the Timbuktu Library


Timbuktu Library fire
NBC World News site
French-led forces in Mali seal off Timbuktu; rebels torch ancient library

PBS Newshour
Reports: Ancient Manuscripts in Timbuktu Damaged During Fighting

New Yorker
Has the Great Library of Timbuktu Been Lost?
January 29, 2013 / blog post by Lila Azam Zanganeh


The hidden treasures of Timbuktu : rediscovering Africa's literary culture
Hunwick, John O. Boye, Alida Jay.; Hunwick, Joseph.
New York : Thames & Hudson 2008
Wilson Library (Folio DT551.9.T55 H86 2008 )

The manuscripts of Timbuktu
Maseko, Zola, 1967- film director, screenwriter.; Brown, David Max film producer.; South African Broadcasting Corporation film producer.; Vieux Farka Touré (Musical group) performer. [San Francisco, California] : California Newsreel 2009
Walter Smart Learning Commons (DT551.9.T55 M36 2009 DVD )
Summary: This documentary demonstrates that Timbuktu was a leading cultural, economic, scientific and religious center that made a significant and lasting impact on Africa and the entire world. The film documents that Africa had vibrant scholarly institutions and written cultures long before European intervention. It establishes the importance of preserving ancient manuscripts as an exciting and empowering legacy for Africana scholarship today.This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
NOTE: In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Les manuscrits de Tombouctou [secrets, mythes et réalités]. / Jean-Michel Djian ; préface de JMG Le Clézio ; postface de Souleymane Bachir Diagne.
[Paris] : Lattès, c2012
(This book is referred to in the New Yorker article, and is on order for the University of Minnesota Libraries.)

Timbuktu manuscripts: Africa's written history unveiled
Signs of the Times (sott.net)
2007 entry by author Jean-Michel Djian

Explore UNESCO Courier for related articles (use search term timbuktu)

In the city of the Marabouts : Islamic culture in West Africa
Mommersteeg, Geert. Webb, Diane.
English language ed. Long Grove, Ill. : Waveland Press 2012
Wilson Library BP64.M29 M6613 2012

Faith at war : a journey on the frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu
Trofimov, Yaroslav.
1st ed. New York : Henry Holt 2005

Available at UM TC Wilson Library (DS49.7 .T76 2005 )


Wonders of the African world
Gates, Henry Louis. Davis, Lynn.
1st ed. New York : Knopf, 1999
Wilson Library (Quarto DT14 .G385 1999 )

Social history of Timbuktu : the role of Muslim scholars and notables, 1400-1900 /
Saad, Elias N. / Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press 1983
Wilson Library (966.24 Sa11

MNCAT NOTE: Search keyword Timbuktu or subject term Tombouctou (Mali)

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