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Subject: Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:54:49 +0200

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Plundring och laglöshet i norra Mali gör att ovärderligt
kulturmaterial som även tidigare
var i fara att förstöras nu utsätts för än större risker.

Reuters) - Malian scholars, librarians and ordinary citizens in the
rebel-occupied city of Timbuktu
are hiding away priceless ancient manuscripts to prevent them from
being damaged or looted,
a South African academic in contact with them said.

Om manuskripten:

The manuscripts of Timbuktu are a living testimony of the highly
advanced and refined civilization in Sub-Sahara Africa. Before the
European Renaissance, Timbuktu flourished as the greatest academic and
commercial center in Africa. Great empires such as Ghana, Mali, and
Songhai were proofs of the talents, creativity and ingenuity of the
African people. The University of Timbuktu produced both Black African
scholars and leaders of the highest rank, character and nobility.

The manuscripts of Timbuktu cover diverse subjects such as
mathematics, chemistry, physics, optics, astronomy, medicine, Islamic
sciences, history, geography, the traditions of The Prophet peace be
upon him, government legislation and treaties, jurisprudence and much


Jan Szczepański
F.d Förste bibliotekare och chef för f.d Avdelningen
för humaniora vid Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek
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