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ONLINE EXHIBITION - Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu, Library of Congress

ONLINE EXHIBITION - Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu, Library of Congress | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

...Timbuktu's most famous and long-lasting contribution to Islamic and world civilization is the scholarship practiced there. By at least the fourteenth century, important books were written and copied there, establishing the city as the center of a significant written tradition in Africa.

These ancient manuscripts cover every aspect of human endeavor. The manuscripts are indicative of the high level of civilization attained by West Africans during the Middle Ages and provide irrefutable proof of a powerful African literary tradition. Scholars in the fields of Islamic Studies and African Studies believe that analysis of these texts will cause Islamic, West African, and World History to be reevaluated. These manuscripts, surviving from as long ago as the fourteenth century, are remarkable artifacts important to Malian and West African culture. The exhibited manuscripts date from the sixteenth to eighteenth century.

The manuscripts on view are from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha, two of the most noteworthy institutions in the Timbuktu area. As part of its continuing effort to create a universal collection of recorded knowledge from all geographic areas and all historical eras, the Library of Congress is particularly proud to have the opportunity to exhibit these important cultural artifacts from Mali. The Library is also pleased that copies of these manuscripts will be deposited in its collections and will be available for use by researchers and scholars.

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Not sure if these manuscripts also included in those being burned and looted (?), but an indication of the magnificence of these collections!

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SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music

SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The four interns of the SABC Radio Archives, which form part of the SABC Media Libraries, visited the ILAM travelling exhibition in the SABC foyer in Auckland Park. The exhibition will still be here until the 28th of October 2011.

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"For future generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music".

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British Library launches iPhone and Android apps for new exhibition ...

British Library launches iPhone and Android apps for new exhibition ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

From IntoMobile: In an effort that seems designed to reach modern smartphone users, British Library is launching mobile apps for iOS and Android devices for the exhibition titled “Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination,” it shows illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries.

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Bodleian Library shows off treasures, from Magna Carta to Shakespeare

Bodleian Library shows off treasures, from Magna Carta to Shakespeare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Oxford library to ask exhibition visitors which items deserve permanent display - including a First Folio it once threw away (RT @iictpete: Bodleian Library shows off treasures, from Magna Carta to Shakespeare
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