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Ancient African manuscripts have new library home

Posted by worldlylibrarian on January 22, 2009

As previously reported, the South African government has been working with the government of Mali to build a library to house more than 30,000 historic manuscripts. These are unique and ancient documents from Africa’s history, dating back to pre-Islamic times.

I can now report that the new library and archives building has been completed. The design of the building was influenced by the local adobe architecture of Timbuktu, a city that was once a key Islamic spiritual centre in the 15th and 16th centuries, and where the historic documents were hidden by families for centuries.

Other governments are also involved in this project, including the United States, Libya, and others. More info in the New York Times

Source: Africa News

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