#Library containing 000s of ancient #manuscripts torched as Northern #Mali rebels flee #Timbucktu; slice of world #heritage 'lost #forever'— Asad Yawar (@Mediolana) January 28, 2013
Texts in #Arabic, #Hebrew, #Turkish + numerous #African languages on subjects such #astronomy, #gender & #music 'lost' tinyurl.com/ay2t32s— Asad Yawar (@Mediolana) January 28, 2013
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Tagged as Ahmad Babu Institute, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Azawad, Gilbert Achcar, Hallé Ousmani Cissé, Mali, modernism, Salafism, Timbuktu
That’s tragic news. A devastating loss of priceless manuscripts that have, in many cases, been preserved for hundreds of years.
Indeed. The tragic irony is that a project to digitise the manuscripts kicked off in 2009, but was only partially completed at the time of this attack.
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