As you all know Timbuktu was a great center of knowledge in search for for many centuries starting at least in the 12th century. It was visited by people from around the world, in search of knowledge.
Timbuktu was one of the world’s first and oldest thriving universities! Students came from all over the world to study at Timbuktu. Imagine that, students from the middle east, and Europe coming to study in Africa! There are over 700,000 manuscripts at the great Sankore University in Timbuktu, and many more at other libraries including the Ahmed Baba Institute, Al-Wangari Library, and others.