I have been fascinated by Timbuktu for many years - ever since I learned that it once used to be a great medieval city of education and scholarship. It had universities for goodness sakes. It must have been famous. These days barely anyone has heard of it. There were also rumours that there may be many many ancient manuscripts still in the city.
I have started this blog because those ancient manuscripts are now being brought out of hiding, in order for their writings to be preserved and transferred to digital media for the entire world to read and enjoy. Also to tell the history of Islamic education in that city.
Mali Feature - NY Times - 2007