Where Are Mali's Priceless Manuscripts?

Questions have been raised about the location of ancient manuscripts reportedly burned by Islamists as they were fleeing Timbuktu.
  • Mali:  Most Timbuktu Manuscripts Safe, Says Expert

    Radio France Internationale, 30 January 2013

    More than 90 per cent of the historic manuscripts feared destroyed when armed Islamists fled Timbuktu are safe, according to the head of a South Africa-based project to preserve... read more »


  • Historic Manuscripts in Timbaktu Safe

    SABC Digital News
    Publication Date:
    29 January 2013

    Historic manuscripts housed at the Ahmed Baba Library in Timbuktu are safe.Only minimal damage was caused to the library by fleeing Islamist rebels. see more »

Blog Entries

  • Mali:  Timbuktu's Priceless Manuscripts Torched

    Radio France Internationale, 28 January 2013

    Islamists torched a building where priceless ancient manuscripts were stored, as they fled Mali's famous desert city of Timbuktu, which French-led troops were surrounding on... read more »

Timbuktu preferred method of transport, Mali, W. Africa

  • Mali:  Fleeing Islamists Torch Timbuktu Manuscripts

    Magharebia, 28 January 2013

    Malian and French troops on Monday (January 28th) surrounded Timbuktu after seizing the city's airport from Islamist insurgents and their al-Qaeda allies, AFP reported.read more »

  • Mauritania:  Nation Backs Mali Heritage Preservation

    Magharebia, 16 December 2012

    "All efforts to support the city of Timbuktu and to protect its cultural heritage contribute to peace," the Mauritanian president said.read more »

  • South Africa:  Timbuktu Manuscripts a Source of Pride for SA

    SAnews.gov.za, 4 November 2012

    The Timbuktu manuscripts must be preserved because they reflect the contribution of the African mind to the human story.read more »

  • Mali:  Nation's Cultural Riches Forgotten in Crisis

    African Arguments, 26 September 2012

    In all the depressing headlines about Mali becoming West Africa's 'new Afghanistan', or the frustrated editorials about the country's apparent political paralysis (the ICG's Gilles... read more »

  • Mali:  Timbuktu - the End of Tourism?

    ThinkAfricaPress, 13 August 2012

    Mali's crisis may have ruinous long-term effects on the socio-economic prospects of one of the world's most fabled cities.read more »

  • Mali:  Mali Manuscripts At Risk

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 20 July 2012

    Many were shocked at the beginning of this month by images of fundamentalist Islamic rebels destroying historic tombs and mosques in Timbuktu in northern Mali. Those same rebels... read more »

  • Mali:  From Here to Timbuktu - A Brief History of Mali

    The South African Civil Society Information Service, 22 January 2013

    As early as the 11th century, Timbuktu was a hub for trade in salt and gold between black Africans, the Tuareg, and Arabs from the north. A meeting place for African scholars,... read more »