Saving and Translating Timbuktu's Ancient Libraries

© Page d'un manuscrit de la bibliothèque Mama Haidara. Tombouctou 2009 (crédit : Seydou Camara/Afriphoto)
Genre : Society news
Principal country concerned : Column : Heritage
Release/publication date : January 2013
Published on : 01/03/2013
Source : Publishing Perspectives

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. For months, Malians had been running a secret operation to evacuate the manuscripts, some of which date back as far as the 10th century, with the help of the Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response, as well as other organizations, resulting in 95% of the manuscripts being saved (...)

[Read Olivia Snaije's full article published on Publishing Perspectives]


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