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Islamic Manuscripts from Mali

showcases 22 manuscripts from Timbuktu and the surrounding regions of Mali and West Africa, enabling students to understand the rich culture and society of the region. Especially noteworthy are the extensive collections of photos showing the domestic architecture, the characteristics of Islamic manuscripts, and an array of interactive maps made in Europe beginning in the 16th century. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

Timbuktu flourished because it was a center for transportation and overland trade. Situated at the edge of the Sahara Desert, it was both the first place that trans-Saharan caravans coming from the north stopped and the jump-off place for caravans traveling north across the desert to the Mediterranean basin.
al-Minnah fi Itiqad Ahl al-Sunnah (The Gift of the Followers of the Path of Muhammad)

Songhai Empire and Islam

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