Have all the libraries of Timbuktu been lost?
An excerpt taken from a lecture by Robin Walker called 'Have all the libraries of Timbuktu been lost?'
The Malian city of Timbuktu is one of the world's oldest seats of learning and has an intellectual legacy of hundreds of thousands of manuscripts, coming from three great West African desert empires: Ancient Ghana, medieval Mali, and the Songhai Empire. These manuscripts offer a unique window into their history. Many remain unread.
This lecture will look at how their study can be used to advance our knowledge of the intellectual history of the premodern world.
Watch the full lecture here: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/watch-now/timbuktu-manuscripts
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