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The storied city: the quest for Timbuktu and the fantastic mission to save its past

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“Timbuktu is a real place, and Charlie English will fuel your wanderlust with true descriptions of the fabled city’s past, present, and future.” –Fodor’s Two tales of a city: The historical race to “discover” one of the world’s most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend. To Westerners, the name “Timbuktu” long conjured a tantalizing paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for “discovery”  tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city.  But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval center of learning, it was home to tens of thousands—according to some, hundreds of thousands—of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fraught and fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.
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To Westerners, the name “Timbuktu” long conjured a tantalizing paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for “discovery”  tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city.  But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval center of learning, it was home to tens of thousands—according to some, hundreds of thousands—of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding.
Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fraught and fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.
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subject_facetCultural property -- Protection -- Mali -- Tombouctou
Islamic learning and scholarship -- Mali -- Tombouctou
Libraries -- Destruction and pillage -- Mali -- Tombouctou
Mali -- History -- Tuareg Rebellion, 2012- -- Destruction and pillage
Manuscripts, Arabic -- Mali -- Tombouctou
Tombouctou (Mali) -- Antiquities
Tombouctou (Mali) -- Discovery and exploration
title_displayThe storied city : the quest for Timbuktu and the fantastic mission to save its past
title_fullThe Storied City The Quest for Timbuktu and the Fantastic Mission to Save Its Past
The storied city : the quest for Timbuktu and the fantastic mission to save its past / Charlie English
title_shortThe storied city
title_subthe quest for Timbuktu and the fantastic mission to save its past
topic_facetAntiquities
Biography & Autobiography
Cultural property
Destruction and pillage
Discovery and exploration
History
Islamic learning and scholarship
Libraries
Manuscripts, Arabic
Nonfiction
Protection