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تمبكتو

01.28.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Timbuktu has often been invoked as a symbol of the most distant place on Earth, as a mysterious and exotic, but unreachable, attraction. Yet, it is a real city with a history.”

 

update

only three hours after putting this up news is in that the Ahmad Baba library has been burned down

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2013/jan/28/ahmed-baba-library-torched-islamist-pictures

 

The horror of book burnings does not come from an immediate injury done by the violation of a material object, but through the display of intent that it conveys: the annihilation of plurality, dissent, imagination – and in the last consequence of those who dissent, who imagine. As the Romantic poet Heinrich Heine commented in his play Toleranzstück – indirectly referring to the burning of books by German nationalist students 1817 on the Wartburg:

“This was only an prelude. Where one burns books / In the end one well burn men as well.”

 

update 4th February 2013

most of the manuscript seemed to have been saved

http://www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org/blog/entry/timbuktu_update/

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