Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians': Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose

Category: Africa, Audio, Life & Society Topics: History, Manuscripts, Timbuktu Views: 2495
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For hundreds of years, Timbuktu has had a place in the world's imagination. Located on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, the city flourished as a center of Islamic culture and scholarship in the 13th through 16th centuries. It was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, recognized for the University of Sankore, which had as many as 25,000 students who studied the Quran, as well as the historic Djingareyber and Sidi Yahia mosques.


  Category: Africa, Audio, Life & Society
  Topics: History, Manuscripts, Timbuktu
Views: 2495

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