Viewing Entry - The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu (S15948) by English, Charlie
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The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu : the Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
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History Manuscripts, Arabic -- Mali -- Tombouctou. Cultural property -- Protection -- Mali -- Tombouctou. Tombouctou (Mali) -- Discovery and exploration. Mali -- History -- Tuareg Rebellion, 2012- -- Destruction and pillage.
To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on a plethora of subjects. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists threatened the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Charlie English expertly presents a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable