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    They’re Already Gone: Rebels in Mali Set Fire To Manuscripts Dating Back To 1200′s

    by  • January 30, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    File this one under “historic loss.”

    Among the casualties in Mali’s internal conflict is a library containing thousands of historic manuscripts from as far back as the year 1204. The manuscripts had for survived through the centuries, hidden and preserved by Timbuktu residents through both peaceful and difficult times.

    The vast majority of the texts were written in Arabic. A few were in African languages, such as Songhai, Tamashek and Bambara. There was even one in Hebrew. They covered a diverse range of topics including astronomy, poetry, music, medicine and women’s rights. The oldest dated from 1204.

    Seydou Traoré, who has worked at the Ahmed Baba Institute since 2003, and fled shortly before the rebels arrived, said only a fraction of the manuscripts had been digitised. “They cover geography, history and religion. We had one in Turkish. We don’t know what it said.”

    He said the manuscripts were important because they exploded the myth that “black Africa” had only an oral history. “You just need to look at the manuscripts to realise how wrong this is.”

    Timbuktu’s mayor called it “a devastating blow.” And it really is. We’ll never get that human history back.

    Foodie Friday–Kadaif!

    by  • May 25, 2012 • Friday Posts • 0 Comments

    Happy Friday Everyone!  Do you have plans for the long weekend?  How about making a scrumptious treat!? On a recent trip to New York, I tried Kadaif, a Mediterranean pastry made out of shredded phyllo dough and sweetened ricotta cheese.  Check out the restaurant’s recipe shown in this YouTube video: Video:  How-to-Make-Kadaif. While the recipe...

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    Word-of-the-Week Wednesday–Smile Smile!

    by  • March 28, 2012 • Wednesday Posts • 0 Comments

    It’s Wednesday, my friends, and I think you know what that means! Not only are you almost halfway to the weekend, but we get to introduce a word (or phrase) to you! This week’s word is güle güle, which is Turkish for “goodbye.” But it’s not as simple as an English goodbye! This is...

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