The Meanings of Timbuktu

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Salt comes from the north, gold from the south, but the word of God and the treasures of wisdom are only to be found in Timbuktu. In a joint project between South Africa and Mali, a library to preserve more than 200 000 Arabic and West African manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries is currently under construction.
It is the first official cultural project of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), the socio-economic development plan of the African Union, and when the library is built, the cultural role of Timbuktu will be revived, as it becomes the safehaven for the treasured manuscripts. The manuscripts prove that Africa had a rich legacy of written history, long before western colonisers set foot on the continent. This volume, authored by leading international scholars, begins to sketch the 'meaning' of Timbuktu within the context of the intellectual history of West Africa, in particular, and of the African continent, in general.
An introduction to the Timbuktu region: Before Timbuktu - cities of the elder world; paper in Soudanic Africa; Arabic calligraphy in West Africa; Timbuktu and Walata - iineages and higher education. Arabic literature as a source of African history: Intellectual innovation and reinvention of the Sahel - the seventeenth-century Timbuktu chronicles; Ajami in Africa - the use of Arabic script in the transcription of African languages; Ajami literature and the study of the Sokoto Caliphate; the title in the Sokoto Caliphate; Muslim women scholars in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Morocco to Nigeria; the Tombouctou Manuscript Project - social history approaches. Scholars of Timbuktu: The life of Shaykh Sidi al-Mukhtar al-Kunti; the works of Shaykh Sidi al-Mukhtar al-Kunti; a man of letters in Timbuktu - al-Shaykh Sidi Muhammad al-Kunti'; Abul Khayr al-Arawani, great scholar and pious saint; The Timbuktu Libraries: the state of manuscripts in Mali and efforts to preserve them; the private libraries of Timbuktu; Shaykh Baghayogho al-Wangari and the Wangari Library in Timbuktu; the Ahmed Baba Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies and Research; the Arabic Literature of Africa Project; the West African Arabic manuscript database; beyond Timbuktu; Arabic literature in the eastern half of Africa; Textual sources on an Islamic African past: Arabic material in Zanzibar's National Archive.
Salt comes from the north, gold from the south, but the word of God and the treasures of wisdom are only to be found in Timbuktu. - 15th-century Malian proverb.
Editiert von: Shamil Jeppie, Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Shamil Jeppie is a senior lecturer in the department of historical studies at the University of Cape Town, a key advisor to the South Africa-Mali Timbuktu Manuscript Project, and the author of "Language Identity Modernity: The Arabic Study Circle of Durban. "Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a professor in the department of philosophy at Northwestern University. He is the author of "The Cultural Question in Africa," as well as a French translation of mathematician George Boole's "Laws of Thought. "He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Autor: Shamil Jeppie
ISBN-13 :: 9780796922045
ISBN: 0796922047
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.09.2008
Verlag: HUMAN SCIENCE RES COUNCIL
Gewicht: 1588g
Seiten: 376
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 279x211x33 mm
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