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Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu Rediscovering Africa's Literary Culture

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ISBN-10: 0500514216

ISBN-13: 9780500514214

Edition: 2008

Authors: John O. Hunwick, Alida Jay Boye, Joseph Hunwick

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The extraordinary manuscripts of Timbuktu: invaluable historical documents, objects of tremendous beauty, and a testament to a great center of learning and civilization. For centuries, trading caravans made epic journeys across the Saharan sands to reach the markets of the legendary city of Timbuktu, where they traded salt, gold, slaves, textiles--and books. By the mid-fifteenth century, Timbuktu had become a major center of Islamic literary culture and scholarship. The city's libraries were repositories of all the world's learning, housing not only works by Arab and Islamic writers but also volumes from the classical Greek and Roman worlds and studies by contemporary scholars. The…    
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List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 9.80" wide x 13.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

John O. Hunwick has devoted a lifetime of scholarship to the history, culture, and literature of Islamic Africa.

Alida Jay Boye is cofounder and coordinator of the University of Oslo's Timbuktu Manuscripts Project.

Joseph Hunwick 's images brilliantly capture the faded majesty of the city and the dignity and warmth of its modern-day inhabitants.

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