Listen to this Segment. Upon his return, however, Baba found a Timbuktu in decline. People learned Arabic to study the Koran and for commerce with Egypt and other lands. The noble houses of Timbuktu have been holding book readings for decades, a sort of ancient version of book clubs.
A former Malian presidential aide, as well as several other people involved with preserving the manuscripts, said that the documents had been evacuated into a safe location in before the fighters invaded Timbuktu.
Literacy among men, women and children was high in Timbuktu. These gentlemen you see are reading page by page of each book, and they are making notes, like a summary of what it says. The Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu contains 25, Manuscripts and has been attempting to transfer these valuable documents to microfilm.
Timbuktu was founded in the 11th century as a major city in the Mali Empire and its prominence lasted until the 18th century.
So people started to find ways of hiding their manuscripts before leaving. It is important to note that most African scholars were not writing in Arabic, but rather used the Arabic alphabet to phonetically spell the Songhai languages. Some experts compare them in importance to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
And much of its knowledge remains a secret, buried under the sand. They released a report on the project in There is an urgency because we have used 20 percent of the funds already. Brittle, written in ornate calligraphy, and ranging from scholarly treatises to old commercial invoices, the documents represent a compendium of learning on everything from law, sciences and medicine to history and politics.
When everyone returned, it was time to find them. The occupation took us by surprise, but people had to decide what to do. Over the centuries, the famous Manuscripts survived. David Max Brown, Director: Read the Full Transcript Amna Nawaz: Beginning ofthey had completed an important work of describing 10, manuscripts through standardized registration forms.
It only went through here. Moustapha Cisee, an archivist and family friend, has started to classify the manuscripts.
Haoua Toure owns a private library. A bullet went through here? A number of universities were established in Timbuktu from the fifteenth century onwards.
Many were burnt, but thousands of ancient manuscripts were smuggled away and saved, and now are being digitized. This city at night looks like any normal, city, but if you look right behind me, there is a heavy security presence.
This one was a little bit damaged by water.
They will remain in hiding. But time is running out. Here, it can feel like time has stopped.Such is the case in Mali, where Islamic terrorists torched the Ahmed Baba Institute, where priceless manuscripts of Timbuktu, including one.
JOHANNESBURG (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.
The Timbuktu Manuscripts Project is a separate project run by the University of Cape Town. In a partnership with the government of South Africa, which contributed to the Timbuktu trust fund, this project is the first official cultural project of the New Partnership for Africa's Development.
By Olivia Snaije. Conservationists breathed a sigh of relief in late January when French and Malian soldiers confirmed that the majority of the ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu that were thought to have been burned by Ansar Dine militants were in fact, safe.
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