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Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

In the 1980s a young adventurer and collector for a government library Abdel Kader Haidara journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara a mild mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu later became one of the world's greatest and most b. Timbuktu often considered to be a metaphor for any faraway place is actually a very fascinating city rich in history and culture Located between the Sahara Desert and the Niger River in the West African nation of Mali it dates back to 200 BC It was one of the greatest academic centers in the world for religion arts math and sciences Abdel Kader Haidara has spent much of his life searching for centuries old books and manuscripts written by these early scholars He located 337000 in all Then in 2012 Islamic Militants invaded Timbuktu and began the destruction of monuments and tombs Knowing that the precious and valuable books and manuscripts would be next Haidara with contacts in Europe and America began soliciting money to move and preserve them He organized fellow librarians teenagers donkey carts and small boats to smuggle metal lockers full of books out of the libraries during the dark of night through town to the river load them on the boats and send them to Bamako which was 555 miles away Always in fear of being caught This is the story of that heroic endeavor the people involved and the horrors perpetrated by the Jihadis What a read

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Razen smugglers In 2012 thousands of Al aeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali including Timbuktu They imposed Sharia law chopped off the hands of accused thieves stoned to death unmarried couples and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali Over the past 20 years journalis. I hated this book but managed to finish for my reading group because I was allowed to skip the part I hated which was about all the recent fighting and jihad business in and around Timbuktu That was the book The rest was interesting and the writing was good The first part gave the history leading up to the manuscripts and the uest to collect as many manuscripts as possible The last part was about the actual transfer of most of the manuscripts from the museum to a place of safety From the first part I gained a better understanding of how important the city of Timbuktu is and an understanding of the rich culture science Astronomy and Medicine and life occurring well before Europe was involved in such things A major failing was the total lack of any pictures of the manuscripts or the museum

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T Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniuely ualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al aeda and preserve Mali's and the world's literary patrimony Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never before reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa But above all The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremis. Fascinating and inspiring story of how one man tracked down thousands of rare and ancient manuscripts many of them hidden in the desert in Mali and then had to launch a rescue mission to save them from Islamic militantsVery readable and informative it reads like a story Hammer has an extensive knowledge of the area and has spoken to diplomats military figures and ordinary people involved in rescuing the manuscripts There is enough political and military detail to give context but the focus remains on the cultural heritage and the impact of the jihadi takeover on the libraries The mission to save the manuscripts has heartstopping moments as exciting as any thrillerThought provoking exciting and poignant and very topical with the current wave of iconoclastic destruction Well worth a read


11 thoughts on “Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

  1. says:

    This is a fascinating tale and well told by Joshua Hammer. But there are quibbles, most of which we can attribute to the pu

  2. says:

    Timbuktu, often considered to be a metaphor for any faraway place, is actually a very fascinating city rich in history and c

  3. says:

    Having lived in Mali and having visited the libraries of Timbuktu I can say the book is an accurate retelling of an amazing effort by the people of Timbuktu to maintain and preserve an international treasure. The book was informative, well written and exciting because it happened in one of the least well known but very famous citi

  4. says:

    I hated this book but managed to finish for my reading group because I was allowed to skip the part I hated which was about all the recent fighting and jihad business in and around Timbuktu. That was ½ the book. The rest was interesting and the writing was good. The first part gave the history leading up to the manuscripts and the

  5. says:

    Having spent 37 years as a professional librarian, they had me at the title! In the middle of the book the author takes a lengthy excursion thr

  6. says:

    The core story is fascinating. A window into an ancient world I never imagined, and the fascinating story of a person who first helped to reveal the scope and intellectual fervor of that world, and then at great personal risk manag

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this book. It was a nicely paced story, clearly related of the saving of the old manuscripts of Timbuktu. The events and characters were easy to picture and follow and I was quickly drawn into the story.
    I would have loved details on the gathering of the manuscripts in the first place a few years ago there was a chapter related to this but it seems that this is another whole interesting story. I also would have loved

  8. says:

    Fascinating and inspiring story of how one man tracked down thousands of rare and ancient manuscripts, many of them hidden

  9. says:

    this is a good real life story an all the engaging for that fact. Uniquely bemusing, touchingly impressive (an in 1 instance quite galling, bewildering and bitterly disappointing). Technically I found the title a little misleading. Especially with it being written by an american, i get the impression americans have a rep for hype. As any1 remotely cynical may have realized. The main protagonist who at the time

  10. says:

    Thoroughly recommend this fascinating book. Eminently readable, story follows Haidara a Timbuktu librarian as he saves thousands of

  11. says:

    Gripping story and a great book for anyone who loves books. Found the politics a bit simplistic in parts.

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