Timbuktu

Mali: French troops encircle Timbuktu as fleeing Islamists burn ancient scrolls – Telegraph

Cour de la mosquée de Djingareiber, Tombouctou

A building housing tens of thousands of manuscripts from the ancient Muslim world and Greece was set aflame, raising fears of further damage to the country’s cultural heritage after months of destruction by radical Islamists.

French paratroopers swooped in to try to block fleeing hardliners as ground troops coming from the south seized the airport of Timbuktu, which has been a bastion of the extremists controlling the north for 10 months.

via Mali: French troops encircle Timbuktu as fleeing Islamists burn ancient scrolls – Telegraph.

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Timbuktu: History of Fabled Center of Learning

Timbuktu’

Timbuktu is a city in Mali, in West Africa, that was founded 1,800 years ago. During Europe’s Middle Ages, it was home to a rich writing tradition that saw the creation of millions of manuscripts, hundreds of thousands of which survive to present day.

via Timbuktu: History of Fabled Center of Learning.