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Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu

Founded 900 years ago, the city of Timbuktu (located in what is now the country of Mali) was a center of major commercial importance and a place where many Islamic scholars received their education. This exhibit, developed by the Library of Congress (with the use of manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha) explores some of the many important literary traditions and scholarship developed during this period of scholarly effervescence. Here visitors can browse over 30 primary documents, including texts designed to train scholars in the field of astronomy and the nature of Islamic mysticism. The exhibit is rounded out by several maps, such as a map from 1743 that shows the region in and around Timbuktu.
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  • https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2003/scout-030926#5
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September 26th, 2003
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September 25th, 2003 at 2:13pm
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September 25th, 2003 at 2:13pm
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