Thursday, January 31, 2013

History destroyed in Mali

Ancient texts, that includes the Quran, Islamic, Georgraphy, Botany, Peotry and Historical works dating back to the 13th century, were burnt at the Ahmed Baba Instistute in Mali. The institute was established in 1973, but reconstructed about 4 years ago with funding from Kuwait and South Africa. It housed about 20,000 manuscripts, with most of them dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries, that were written in Arabic.
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Men sorting through the ashes.

About 2,000 manuscripts was lost in the fire, but according to Professor Shamil Jeppie from Cape town University, He told Reuters that they had hidden about 95% of the ancient text when the fighters took over Timbuktu on April 1st. 


  1. Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi rajiuun!

    This is what happens when one does not appreciate HISTORY.

    Here we are not talking about any History - but specifically we are talking about the HISTORY OF ISLAM.

    When the Muslim Youth in Canada are organising CONVENTIONS on REVIVING THE SPIRIT OF ISLAM (RIS), the Youth of Mali are MURDERING THE SPIRIT OF ISLAM!

    What a WASTE!

  2. I couldn't agree more, not only not appreciating history, but also not appreciating how hard our ancestors worked to collect and store this data.

  3. hapo utakuta mjinga moja kaamua kufanya kukomoa vile.