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by Alida Jay Boye,Joseph Hunwick,John O. Hunwick

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Author:
Alida Jay Boye,Joseph Hunwick,John O. Hunwick
ISBN13:
978-0500514214
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0500514216
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Thames & Hudson; 1st Edition edition (November 17, 2008)
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John O. ISBN-13: 978-0500514214. I am not familiar with Alida Jay Boye, but am very impressed. This book is well worth reading and a steal at this low price, considering the prices of similar works. 11 people found this helpful.

It give a good outline of the history of the Sahel and the ancient literary culture of Timbuktu and the surrounding region.

Joseph Hunwick (Photographer). It give a good outline of the history of the Sahel and the ancient literary culture of Timbuktu and the surrounding region. It also goes into the modern efforts to collect, catalog, and, more recently, digitize the nearly 1 million pages of old books, documents, and manuscripts known to exist in the city.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The astonishing manuscripts of Timbuktu form the lavish visual heart of this book. Start by marking The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa's Literary Culture as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Beautifully graphic, occasionally decorated, these exquisite artifacts reveal great craftsmanship as well as learning.

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oceedings{Hunwick2008TheHT, title {The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa's Literary Culture}, author {John Owen Hunwick and Alida Jay Boye and Joseph Hunwick}, year {2008} . The city of Timbuktu in modern Mali has been a destination of legend for centuries, ever since the days when camel caravans made epic journeys across the Sahara to trade in salt, gold and slaves in its markets. Less well known is that by the mid-1400s the city was a major centre of Islamic learning and scholarship in the heart of Africa. Today the town is home to a series of collections of extraordinary historic books and manuscripts.

Items related to The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu . Joseph Hunwick's images brilliantly capture the faded majesty of the city and the dignity and warmth of its modern-day inhabitants.

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By the mid-fifteenth century, Timbuktu had become a major center of Islamic literary culture and scholarship.

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The extraordinary manuscripts of Timbuktu: invaluable historical documents, objects of tremendous beauty, and a. .By the mid-fifteenth century, Timbuktu had become a major center of Islamic literary culture and scholarship.

The extraordinary manuscripts of Timbuktu: invaluable historical documents, objects of tremendous beauty, and a testament to a great center of learning and civilization. For centuries, trading caravans made epic journeys across the Saharan sands to reach the markets of the legendary city of Timbuktu, where they traded salt, gold, slaves, textiles-and books. By the mid-fifteenth century, Timbuktu had become a major center of Islamic literary culture and scholarship

The extraordinary manuscripts of Timbuktu: invaluable historical documents, objects of tremendous beauty, and a testament to a great center of learning and civilization.

For centuries, trading caravans made epic journeys across the Saharan sands to reach the markets of the legendary city of Timbuktu, where they traded salt, gold, slaves, textiles―and books. By the mid-fifteenth century, Timbuktu had become a major center of Islamic literary culture and scholarship. The city's libraries were repositories of all the world's learning, housing not only works by Arab and Islamic writers but also volumes from the classical Greek and Roman worlds and studies by contemporary scholars.

The astonishing manuscripts of Timbuktu form the lavish visual heart of this book. Beautifully graphic, occasionally decorated, these exquisite artifacts reveal great craftsmanship as well as learning. All were written in the Arabic script, but not all are in Arabic, for they also feature a range of local African languages.

Aside from scholarly works, the surviving manuscripts include a wealth of correspondence between rulers, advisers, and merchants on subjects as various as taxation, commerce, marriage, divorce, adoption, breastfeeding, and prostitution, providing a vivid insight into the ordinary life and values of the day.

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  • I love this book. Finally someone took the time to put some serious work into a very neglected subject in English. Most of the important works on Timbuktu prior to this have been in French or Arabic. The book is large and has many full color pictures. I was impressed. The price could easily have been double for the quality of the information and pictures. The info is very recent and contemporary, mentioning the funded projects of collecting, indexing, and collating the deteriorating private family Arabic libraries of hand written works, some dating back to the 1600s. When I saw John Hunwick's name involved in the project, I had to check it out. He has been a very serious American researcher of Sudanic Islamic African works for many years. I am not familiar with Alida Jay Boye, but am very impressed. This book is well worth reading and a steal at this low price, considering the prices of similar works.

  • A real treasure!

  • A lovely book with good illustrations. I gave it to my library which had it on a wait list, because all new purchases are being put off due to lack of funds. You know why libraries are both stressed and important nowadays.

  • I will make this very brief, because I despise long pointless reviews that never tell you what you need to know. The bottom line is that this is a fantastic text. The surprising thing is that it is filled with gorgeous color photos. The book itself is huge. It's not one of those books you buy, and think..."that's it". You will not regret buying this book. The text focuses on the actual manuscripts in the ever growing collection of African manuscripts. But it also shows the life and country side of the region, in beautiful color. It is a well researched, well written book...that is again, gorgeous. Lastly, it's rare to see a text on African history that is as beautiful as most books on western civilization. And it's not because there is anything less beautiful about African history, but few ever invest the resources to produce the polished work that western histories receive. This book is different. Just buy the book. It's 20 dollars that you will not regret spending. This is one of my best purchases, on African history, or any topic!

  • Good book to learn about African literacy.

  • this is a historical book. the people featured were African and Arab.

  • I must confess that I didn't know much about Timbuktu until I read this thoroughly researched and beautifully photographed book. After spending an afternoon turning the pages of "The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu," though, I feel like I made an extended personal visit.

    Working under the auspices of the University of Oslo, Norway, and UNESCO, authors John O. Hunwick and Alida Boye have invited us to spend some time to get to know Timbuktu through its history, its people and its rich treasure of manuscripts. The photography is the work of Joseph Hunwich, son of the co-author.

    Reading this book is an opportunity to see many of the ancient manuscripts that functioned as literary works and commercial documents, but also as aesthetically compelling imagery. After viewing these many full-page eye-popping photographs, you'll feel like you have personally visited the streets, and then many of the libraries, of one of Africa's cultural centers.

  • The book contains wonderful photographs (many are full-page) of old manuscripts written or transcribed in Arab scripts between the 17th and the 19th centuries. Many of them are literally falling apart. Let's hope they'll find a way to preserve these precious pieces of history.

    The book is divided into three chapters. The first chapter deals with the history and culture of Timbuktu and takes up about half of the book. The second chapter is the meat of the book - photographs and descriptions of the historic manuscripts that they have found and now preserved in the various libraries around the city. This part of the book covers only about 45 pages. Given the opportunities granted to the authors to these documents, I wished they were more photographs of other manuscripts. Yeah, the photographs are gorgeous, but it would have been even better to sacrifice pages from chapter 1 and put in more photographs of these marvelous manuscripts, especially given the title of the book. Hey, after all, how often does anyone get a chance to visit libraries in Timbuktu? This is why I'm giving the book a 4-star rather than 5.

    The third chapter is devoted to the discussion (and listings) of Timbuktu scholars and libraries and this was quite interesting. More pictures of the libraries and their contents would have been even better. A nice glossary and a good bibliography (many sources in French) round up the book. All in all, a very good book but could have been a great one....