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The Timbuktu Manuscripts

The Timbuktu Manuscripts

The Timbuktu Manuscripts
The Timbuktu Manuscripts
Timbuktu Manuscript
© Alida Boye

This project, financed by Luxembourg, aims at ensuring the safeguarding of, and widely access to, the priceless handwritten cultural heritage both existing in the public and the private collections in the area of Timbuktu.
These manuscripts constitute for Timbuktu and Mali, a legitimate pride source, a jealously kept treasure. The importance of the Arab manuscripts at the populations of Mali is so real that all written in Arab characters, arrays a crowned character.

It is undeniable today that this inheritance knows a state of certain deterioration. In spite of a dry climate playing rather in favour of the paper preservation, the manuscripts are not safe from any danger.

Much of other harmful factors exist such as biological risks (insects), chemical (acidity, moisture), natural (heat, fire, water, wind, dust) and human (handling without care, theft...).

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