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From: Ali Houissa <ah16-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: Timbuktu Hopes Ancient Texts Spark a Revival
Newsgroups: gmane.education.libraries.mela
Date: Tuesday 7th August 2007 12:09:57 UTC (over 9 years ago)
Timbuktu Hopes Ancient Texts Spark a Revival

By 
<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/p/lydia_polgreen/index.html?inline=nyt-per>LYDIA

POLGREEN
THE NEW YORK TIMES August 7, 2007

TIMBUKTU, 
<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/mali/index.html?inline=nyt-geo>Mali

­ Ismaël Diadié Haïdara held a treasure in his 
slender fingers that has somehow endured through 
11 generations ­ a square of battered leather 
enclosing a history of the two branches of his 
family, one side reaching back to the Visigoths 
in Spain and the other to the ancient origins of 
the Songhai emperors who ruled this city at its zenith.

“This is our family’s story,” he said, carefully 
leafing through the unbound pages. “It was written in 1519.”

The musty collection of fragile, crumbling pages, 
written in the florid Arabic script of the 
sixteenth century, is also this once forgotten outpost’s future.

A surge of interest in ancient books, hidden for 
centuries in houses along Timbuktu’s dusty 
streets and in leather trunks in nomad camps, is 
raising hopes that Timbuktu ­ a city whose name 
has become a staccato synonym for nowhere ­ may 
once again claim a place at the intellectual heart of Africa.
[MORE]...http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/07/world/africa/07mali.html?ref=world
 
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