Visit the ancient city of Timbuktu in this segment from Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Timbuktu is located in a desolate desert region in the nation of Mali in West Africa. Timbuktu's rich treasure of ancient manuscripts contradicts the Western notion that Africa has only an oral tradition. Long before the European Renaissance, Timbuktu was a thriving educational center with philosophers, theologians and mathematicians. Timbuktu's earliest records date back to the 11th century. The Ahmed Baba collection, named after a 15th century scholar, has over 40,000 manuscripts. These crumbling manuscripts are being carefully cataloged, conserved and restored. The people of Timbuktu feel the manuscripts belong to the world.
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