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The Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu

Author : Charlie English
ISBN : 0008126658
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'An exemplary work of investigative journalism that is also a wonderfully colourful book of history and travel' Observer, Books of the Year 'A piece of postmodern historiography of quite extraordinary sophistication and ingenuity... [written with] exceptional delicacy and restraint' TLS The fabled city of Timbuktu has captured the Western imagination for centuries. The search for this 'African El Dorado' cost the lives of many explorers but Timbuktu is rich beyond its legends. Home to many thousands of ancient manuscripts on poetry, history, religion, law, pharmacology and astronomy, the city has been a centre of learning since medieval times. When jihadists invaded Mali in 2012 threatening destruction to Timbuktu's libraries, a remarkable thing happened. A team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the precious manuscripts into hiding. Based on new research and first-hand reporting, Charlie English expertly tells this story set in one of the world's most fascinating places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.

The Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu The Quest For This Storied City And The Race To Save Its Treasures

Author : Charlie English
ISBN : 9780008126643
Genre : History
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‘An exemplary work of investigative journalism that is also a wonderfully colourful book of history and travel’ Observer, Books of the Year ‘A piece of postmodern historiography of quite extraordinary sophistication and ingenuity... [written with] exceptional delicacy and restraint’ TLS
Category: History

Timbuktu A Ladybird Expert Book

Author : Gus Caseley-Hayford
ISBN : 9781405934916
Genre : History
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Part of the ALL-NEW Ladybird Expert series. Learn about Timbuktu, in this clear and authoritative introduction to the place considered to be one of the most important trading cities of the medieval world. Written by curator and cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford, this book delves into the rise of the largest empire in West Africa and what made Timbuktu the most significant Saharan desert-port of the age. You'll encounter the Mali Empire in its golden age, teeming with riches, scholars and trades. Its history steeped in magicians, epic wars, story-tellers and missing ships. You'll learn what made Timbuktu so notorious and irresistible to Europe, and why centuries later it still enchants the Western World with its beauty, wealth, mystery, intellectual excellence and legacy. Inside you'll discover . . . - The significance of The River Niger - The great advantages of the introduction of camels - The birth of Mali - The connections between Islam and the Mali Empire - How the libraries give vivid access to the medieval African perspective - And much more . . . Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture. For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.
Category: History

Image Testimonies

Author : Kerstin Schankweiler
ISBN : 9780429786235
Genre : Social Science
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Recent political conflicts signal an increased proliferation of image testimonies shared widely via social media. Although witnessing with and through images is not a phenomenon of the internet era, contemporary digital image practices and politics have significantly intensified the affective economies of image testimonies. This volume traces the contours of these conditions and develops a conception of image testimony along four areas of focus. The first and second section of this volume reflects the discussion of image testimonies as an interplay of evidential qualities and their potential to express affective relationalities and emotional involvement. The third section focuses on the question of how social media technologies shape and subsequently are shaped by image testimonies. To further complicate the ethical position of the witness, the final section looks at image testimony at the intersection of creation and destruction, taking into account the perspectives of different actors and their opposed moral positions. With an emphasis on the affectivity of these images, Image Testimonies provides new and so far overlooked insights in the field. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Sociology and Social Policy, Media and Communications, Visual Arts and Culture and Middle East Studies.
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No Go World

Author : Ruben Andersson
ISBN : 9780520294608
Genre : Political Science
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War-torn deserts, jihadist killings, trucks weighted down with contraband and migrants—from the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands to the Sahara, images of danger depict a new world disorder on the global margins. With vivid detail, Ruben Andersson traverses this terrain to provide a startling new understanding of what is happening in remote “danger zones.” Instead of buying into apocalyptic visions, Andersson takes aim at how Western states and international organizations conduct military, aid, and border interventions in a dangerously myopic fashion, further disconnecting the world’s rich and poor. Using drones, proxy forces, border reinforcement, and outsourced aid, risk-obsessed powers are helping to remap the world into zones of insecurity and danger. The result is a vision of chaos crashing into fortified borders, with national and global politics riven by fear. Andersson contends that we must reconnect and snap out of this dangerous spiral, which affects us whether we live in Texas or Timbuktu. Only by developing a new cartography of hope can we move beyond the political geography of fear that haunts us.
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Digestive Diseases In Sub Saharan Africa

Author : Isidor Segal
ISBN : 9780128156780
Genre : Science
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Digestive Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: Changes and Challenges provides an in-depth examination into the rise of western digestive diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). For those interested in the causes of the major diseases of the ‘West’, the patterns in Africa have always reflected on the emergence of western diseases and elucidated the pattern of these conditions and their clinical course. Coverage includes the present epidemiology of GI diseases in SSA, the trends that are occurring, and the context of other emerging diseases. Appropriate for researchers, gastroenterologists and internists, this book brings together the latest research in a single, complete volume. Provides evidence of the changes occurring in digestive disease in Sub-Saharan Africa due to Westernization Covers urbanization, upward mobility, demographics, environmental changes, and the availability of natural resources that have a decisive influence on digestive diseases Offers models for the amelioration of digestive diseases due to Westernization
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The Bad Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu

Author : Joshua Hammer
ISBN : 9781476777412
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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 were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the world's patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door. Joshua Hammer writes about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world's greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.
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Smugglers And Saints Of The Sahara

Author : Judith Scheele
ISBN : 9781107022126
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This book describes life on the contemporary border between Algeria and Mali, exploring current developments in a broad historical and socioeconomic context.
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Author : Ernie Palamarek
ISBN : 9781412018265
Genre : Fiction
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Jambo! Experience deepest, darkest Africa! It's the beautiful but dangerous setting for this shocking saga of one Sudanese family's staggering adversity that mirrors present-day Africa. Decimated and put into iron-clad slavery, the family is split apart and sold to the highest bidders in West Africa. Rune Erikson becomes infatuated with a beautiful South African UN worker. The seductress pulls him into a vortex of slavery and blood diamonds. Hatari, the fifth novel in a series, features the somewhat-jaded-but-dashing Rune Erikson, who desperately searches through diamond fields from Canada's frozen Arctic to steaming equatorial Africa. Rune rides camels through the shifting sands of Timbuktu, then treks through the muddy diamond pits of Congo, the beautiful port of Cape Town, the wild bushveldt of Johannesburg, the zealotry of Zimbabwe, the intrigue of Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Mombasa, the nonsentient streets of Nairobi, and is initiated into the ways of the colourful warriors of the Masai Mara. Braving marauding lions, snorting hippos, stomping elephants, and soul-sapping jungle humidity, Rune fights African warlords and diamond smugglers in his quest for justice. Coloured by romance and spiced with eroticism, this adventure lures Rune off his sailing ketch, Valhalla, in Victoria's Fisherman's Wharf into the soft arms of a sizzling South African Dutch enchantress, becoming embedded in the myths and legends of tribal Africa. "Ernie Palamarek's Thundersea is an exciting debut from an author who obviously knows a thing or three about adventure." - The Secret Temple of Kintamani: "I couldn't put it down!" "It was a good read!" - Reader's Domain Along Came A Swagman: "He sure has a way of using words to paint a picture." - WAMC New York's Environment Show. Amazonia: "I liked it . . . I liked it a lot!" - Reader's Domain
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