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The meanings of Timbuktu

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dc.contributor.editor Jeppie, S. en
dc.contributor.editor Diagne, S.B. en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-25 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-18T00:15:49Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-18T00:15:49Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.isbn 0796922045 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/5565
dc.description.abstract "Salt comes from the north, gold from the south, but the word of God and the treasures of wisdom are only to be found in Timbuktu." 15th-century Malian proverb. In a joint project between South Africa and Mali, a library to preserve more than 200 000 Arabic and West African manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries is currently under construction. It is the first official cultural project of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), the socio-economic development plan of the African Union, and when the library is built, the cultural role of Timbuktu will be revived, as it becomes the safehaven for the treasured manuscripts. The manuscripts prove that Africa had a rich legacy of written history, long before western colonisers set foot on the continent. This volume, authored by leading international scholars, begins to sketch the 'meaning' of Timbuktu within the context of the intellectual history of West Africa, in particular, and of the African continent, in general. The book covers four broad areas: Part I provides an introduction to the region; outlines what archaeology can tell us of its history, examines the paper and various calligraphic styles used in the manuscripts; and explains how ancient institutions of scholarship functioned. Part II begins to analyse what the manuscripts can tell us of African history. Part III offers insight into the lives and works of just a few of the many scholars who achieved renown in the region and beyond. Part IV provides a glimpse into Timbuktu's libraries and private collections. Part V looks at the written legacy of the eastern half of Africa, which like that of the western region, is often ignored. A fascinating read for anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the aura of mystique and legend that surrounds Timbuktu. The Meanings of Timbuktu strives to contextualise and clarify the importance of efforts to preserve Timbuktu's manuscripts for Mali, for Africa and for the intellectual world. en
dc.format.medium Intranet en
dc.publisher HSRC Press en
dc.subject WEST AFRICA en
dc.subject INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY en
dc.subject ARCHAELOGY en
dc.subject HISTORY en
dc.subject TIMBUKTU en
dc.title The meanings of Timbuktu en
dc.type Monograph (Book) en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.BudgetYear 2007/08 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Cape Town en
dc.ArchiveNumber 5120 en
dc.outputnumber 3662 en
dc.bibliographictitle Jeppie, S. & Diagne, S.B. (eds). (2008) <i>The meanings of Timbuktu. </i> Cape Town: HSRC Press. en
dc.publicationyear 2008 en


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