Some Questions


Possible Starting Places

  Joshua Hammer, "Excerpt: The Rebel Librarians Who Saved Timbuktu," Daily Beast (June 3, 2016).

Ben MacIntyre, "'The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu,' By Joshua Hammer," New York Times, April 28, 2016.

  Joshua Hammer, "The Race To Save Mali's Priceless Artifacts," Smithsonian (January 2014).

  Naveena Kottoor, "How Timbuktu's Manuscripts Were Smuggled To Safety," BBC Newsmagazine, June 4, 2013.

  "Who, What, Why: Why Do We Know Timbuktu?," BBC News, April 2, 2012.

  Peter Gwin, "The Telltale Scribes Of Timbuktu," National Geographic (January 2011).

  Joshua Hammer, "The Treasures Of Timbuktu," Smithsonian (December 2006).

"The Lost Libraries Of Timbuktu," BBC World News, April 17, 2010:

Timbuktu In The News

  "Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi: The Vandal Of Timbuktu," BBC News, September 27, 2016.

Mark Kersten, "Why The Timbuktu Case Is A Breakthrough For International Criminal Court," Globe And Mail, August 25, 2016.

Ruth Maclean, "'I Am Sorry': Islamist Apologises For Destroying Timbuktu Mausoleums," Guardian, August 22, 2016.

Simon Worrall, "'Badass Librarians' Foil Al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts," National Geographic, June 12, 2016.

David Wright, "'Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu': Risking All To Save Rare Manuscripts," Seattle Times, April 21, 2016.

  Kim Sengupta, "Mali Manuscripts: An Inspiring Tale Of How Ancient Books Were Saved From Destruction," Independent, November 26, 2015.

Laura Lesmoir-Gordon, "Can Timbuktu's Ancient Manuscripts Be Saved?," Art Net News, January 29, 2015.

  Charlie English, "The Book Rustlers Of Timbuktu: How Mali's Ancient Manuscripts Were Saved," Guardian, May 23, 2014.

Joshua Hammer, "The Brave Sage Of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara," National Geographic News, April 21, 2014.

Lydia Polgreen, "As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts Of A Golden Age," New York Times, February 3, 2013.

"Timbuktu's Treasure Trove Of African History," BBC News, January 29, 2013.

Greg Myre, "Ancient Manuscripts In Timbuktu Reduced To Ashes," The Two-Way, NPR, January 29, 2013.

  "Timbuktu Mausoleums 'Destroyed,'" BBC News, December 23, 2012.

  Elizabeth Ohene, "African Viewpoint: Why Timbuktu Matters," BBC News, July 24, 2012.

  "Tombs In Timbuktu's Djingareyber Mosque 'Destroyed,'" BBC News, July 10, 2012.

Benjamin F. Soares, "Op-Ed Contributor: Mali's Tomb Raiders," New York Times, July 8, 2012.

Jonathan Jones, "Will Anyone Save Timbuktu From Islamist Tomb Raiders?," Guardian, July 2, 2012.

"In Pictures: Timbuktu Artefacts Under Threat," BBC News, July 2, 2012.

  "Islamists Vow To Smash Every Mausoleum In Timbuktu," BBC News, July 1, 2012.

  "Mali: Timbuktu Heritage May Be Threatened, UNESCO Says," BBC News, April 3, 2012.

Gulled Yusuf and Lucas Bento, "Op-Ed Contributors: The 'End Times' For Timbuktu?," New York Times, July 31, 2012.

  John Noble Wilford, "Project Digitizes Works From The Golden Age Of Timbuktu," New York Times, May 20, 2008.

  Lydia Polgreen, "Timbuktu Hopes Ancient Texts Spark A Revival," New York Times, August 7, 2007.

Lila Azan Zanganch, "When Timbuktu Was The Paris Of Islamic Intellectuals In Africa," New York Times, April 24, 2004.


David J. Keeling, "A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words: Isolation And Decline In Timbuktu, Mali," American Geographical Society's Focus On Geography, 55 (Fall 2012): 115-166.

Sarah Searight, "Mali's History At Risk," History Today, 55 (May 2005): 4-5.

Alex Ulam, "Elusive Libraries Of Timbuktu," Archaeology, 57 (July/August 2004)): 36-40.


Timbuktu Educational Foundation:

  Timbuktu -- UNESCO World Heritage Centre:

Ancient Manuscripts From The Desert Libraries Of Timbuktu:  A virtual exhibition from the U.S. Library of Congress.

Timbuktu Manuscripts -- Atlas Obscura:

Audio And Video Sources

  "Joshua Hammer: The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu," Books And Arts, RN, October 6, 2016.

  "How 'Bad-Ass Librarians' Rescued Mali's Precious Texts From Jihadists," Takeaway, WNYC, April 27, 2016.

  "Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians' -- Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose," All Things Considered, NPR, April 23, 2016.

"Video: The Tumultuous History Of Timbuktu's ancient Manuscripts," France 24, April 7, 2016.

  "Timbuktu Nearly Lost Its Heritage; Now It's On Exhibit In A Brussels Museum," The World, PRI, January 8, 2015.

"The Road To Timbuktu, Part 1," Foreign Correspondent, ABC, April 16, 2013.

"The Road To Timbuktu, Part 2," Foreign Correspondent, ABC, April 23, 2013.

  "Mali's Last Master Calligrapher," The World, PRI, February 18, 2013.

From Our Own Correspondent, BBC World Service, July 8, 2012.

"Unesco Declares Timbuktu An Endangered Heritage Site," BBC News, June 29, 2012.

"The Road To Timbuktu," Episode 5, Wonders Of The African World, PBS.


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