Timbuktu and Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of West African Manuscript Collections (4/11 at 6:30pm, Bobst)

Timbuktu and Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of West African Manuscript Collections

A fundamental source for the history of West Africa lies in rich archival collections, most famously the manuscript libraries of Timbuktu. Documents from the Mali and Songhai Empires and the centuries before European colonial rule offer a vital window into the region’s complex ties to the wider Muslim world, and to cultures and polities in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. The participants will discuss their experiences with West African documents, as well as the challenges of consulting and protecting these renowned archives of human history.
 
Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30-8:00PM (doors at 6pm)
Tamiment Library (10th floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library)
Open to the public | Light refreshments

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  • Ousmane Kane, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School; author of  Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa (Harvard UP, 2016)
  • Michael Gomez, Professor of History, New York University; author of African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (Princeton UP, 2017)
  • Alexandra Huddleston, photographer and photojournalist; author of 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu (Kyoudai, 2013)
 
(Co-sponsored by New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department, History Department, Africana Studies Department, and Medieval & Renaissance Center, with support from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science.)