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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Libraries in Timbuktu

A reminder that other parts of the world have bigger problems than we do comes from Timbuktu.  The manuscript collections in Timbuktu are a hugely important part of Muslim culture.  Before Vasco de Gama, it was the centre of an enormously wealthy African kingdom, so the collection there is one of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world.  It is rather like the British Musuem being under threat of looting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually you could look much closer to home if you are talking about 'looting' James.
We have you to thank for adding to the degradation of our community.

Whose side would you be on in Timbuktu? Not saving libraries, surely?

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