Tue 10 November 2015 | Book presentation: The Fabled Manuscripts of Timbuktu | Charles Stewart

On Tuesday 10 November 2015 LUCIS and the African Studies Centre (ASC) will launch the final volume of The Arabic Literature in Africa. Charles Stewart will present the major findings and his ideas about the next steps for studying this important cultural heritage.

The Fabled Manuscripts of Timbuktu

Historically, Timbuktu was the central site of intellectual activity in Sahelian Africa. The world held its breath when its libraries were under threat during the Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012. But what exactly is in the manuscripts there? And how did Saharan scholarship develop after the 17th century? This has been a mystery shrouded in the hundreds of thousands of documents and books alledgedly awaiting discovery. The final volume of The Arabic Literature of Africa catalogues and comments on the legacy of the libraries of Timbuktu and Mauritania.

Charles Stewart (visiting scholar at Northwestern University & emeritus professor at the University of Illinois) will present the major findings from The Arabic Literature of Africa, Volume V, and his ideas about the next steps for studying this important cultural heritage.

Date: 10 November 2015
Time: 15.30-17.00 hours
Location: room 1A09 (1st floor), Pieter de la Courtgebouw
Please register by sending an email to asc@ascleiden.nl.

Please visit the website of the African Studies Centre for additional information.


Laatst Gewijzigd: 10-11-2015