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By John O. Hunwick

The striking manuscripts of Timbuktu: beneficial old records, gadgets of large good looks, and a testomony to a superb middle of studying and civilization.

For centuries, buying and selling caravans made epic trips around the Saharan sands to arrive the markets of the mythical urban of Timbuktu, the place they traded salt, gold, slaves, textiles―and books. via the mid-fifteenth century, Timbuktu had turn into a massive heart of Islamic literary tradition and scholarship. The city's libraries have been repositories of the entire world's studying, housing not just works through Arab and Islamic writers but in addition volumes from the classical Greek and Roman worlds and reports via modern scholars.

The outstanding manuscripts of Timbuktu shape the lavish visible middle of this booklet. superbly image, sometimes adorned, those beautiful artifacts show nice craftsmanship in addition to studying. All have been written within the Arabic script, yet no longer all are in Arabic, for in addition they characteristic a number of neighborhood African languages.

Aside from scholarly works, the surviving manuscripts comprise a wealth of correspondence among rulers, advisers, and retailers on matters as a variety of as taxation, trade, marriage, divorce, adoption, breastfeeding, and prostitution, offering a bright perception into the normal existence and values of the day.

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