Posted by: Dr. Y. | May 18, 2020

The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu

Mali_Timbuktu from a terrace by Heinrich Barth 1858

View of Timbuktu in 1858 by explorer Heinrich Barth 

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.

Enjoy this documentary about the lost libraries of Timbuktu commented by the Scottish/Sierra Leonean writer Aminatta Forna. Enjoy, and discover with me the treasures of Africa.


  1. I’ve heard about all the things with Timbuktu with how amazing of a university the city had. Great article!


    • Thanks for commenting and liking the great story of Timbuktu lost libraries

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  2. Thank you for posting this.


    • Thanks Fernando for visiting the blog and liking the story of the Lost libraries of Timbuktu


  3. Thank you for sharing great history.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks… it is my pleasure. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


  4. Thank you for Posting and sharing this great History Dr.Y

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    • Thanks HumbleJoy, and thanks for visiting the blog…


  5. That documentary is so good. I watched it a while ago. Thanks for posting this link so I can watch again.


    • Yes… it is very good documentary. I never tire of it.


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