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The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa's Literary Culture

 
 
Author
John Hunwick & Alida Jay Boye. Joseph Hunwick, photos.
Publisher Thames & Hudson  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 12.9 x 9.7 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780500514214
Pages/Publication Date 176/2008
Daedalus Item Code 54658
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For centuries, caravans journeyed across the Sahara to the markets of Timbuktu, at the edge of the desert in Mali, where traders exchanged salt, gold, slaves, textiles—and books. By the mid-15th century, Timbuktu had become a major center of Islamic literary culture and scholarship, and the city's libraries housed not only works by Arab and Islamic writers but also books from the classical Greek and Roman worlds and by contemporary scholars. Illustrated with 193 color photos and reproductions, this book depicts and describes a number of astonishing manuscripts from Timbuktu; graphically beautiful, occasionally decorated, these are priceless artifacts of Arabic and African history, science, and culture.
 
 
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