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By Ghislaine Lydon

Because the manuscript treasures within the libraries of Timbuktu and in the course of the northwestern area of Africa turn into recognized, many questions are raised. How did a manuscript tradition flourish within the Sahara and in Muslim Africa extra ordinarily? less than what stipulations did African intellectuals thrive, and the way did they collect scholarly works and the writing paper essential to give a contribution to wisdom? by way of exploring the background of the trans-Saharan publication and paper trades, the scholarly creation and instructing curriculae of African Muslims and the formation, protection and codicology of library collections, the authors of this unique quantity supply quite a few solutions. The opt for variety of invited contributions represents present study within the fabric, technological, monetary, and cultural dimensions of manuscript creation, move, and protection, and the improvement of particular scholarly and highbrow traditions in Saharan and Sudanic Africa

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