Can Timbuktu’s Ancient Manuscripts Be Saved?

Artnet News | Laura Lesmoir-Gordon:


An international group of experts convened in Mali’s capital, Bamako on Wednesday to examine conservation measures needed to save Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts. The texts were smuggled out of Timbuktu in 2012 in order to keep them safe from Islamist rebels who were staging an uprising at the time and have remained in Bamako.

A burnt ancient manuscript at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu

The three-day-long meeting was organized by UNESCO’s Office in Bamako, Mali’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research. The convention is also partially funded by the UK ministerial department and the Foreign & Commonwealth office, as well as the European Union…


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