Timbuktu’s turmoil opens up historic manuscripts

From SciDevNet by Michelle Dobrovolny (June 24, 2014)

The covert rescue of thousands of historic manuscripts from Mali’s Timbuktu during the city’s violent take-over by Islamic fighters last year has made the texts available for the recovery of lost medical and farming knowledge, say researchers.

The roughly 300,000 manuscripts, written between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, form one of the world’s largest collections of Islamic scholarship, according to Dmitry Bondarev of the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg.


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