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Mali Ancient Manuscripts Library Torched

In News on January 28, 2013 at 20:09

Ancient manuscripts in a Library in Timbuktu ,Mali was torched by Islamic fundamentalists.

Destroying own culture?

Manuscript Timbuktu.

Manuscript Timbuktu.

“Indeed, Timbuktu has a rich and diverse heritage and a fascinating past. The city and its desert environs are an archive of handwritten texts in Arabic and in African languages in the Arabic script, produced between the 13th and the 20th centuries. The manuscript libraries of Timbuktu are significant repositories of scholarly production in West Africa and the Sahara. Given the large number of manuscript collections it is surprising that Timbuktu as an archive remains largely unknown and under-used. Timbuktu’s manuscript collections deserve close study. It is a significant starting-point for reflecting on Africa’s written traditions.

Recognising its significance as a site of African architecture and of its scholarly past, Unesco declared Timbuktu a World Heritage Site in 1990.

http://www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org/

Julius Caesar  torched the Library  in Alexandria in 48 BC.

Plutarch (AD 46–120) wrote that during his visit to Alexandria in 48 BC Julius Caesar accidentally burned the library down when he set fire to his own ships to frustrate Achillas‘ attempt to limit his ability to communicate by sea.[3] After its destruction, scholars used a “daughter library” in a temple known as the Serapeum, located in another part of the city.(wiki)

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