The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
- Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
- Time: 4:00 pm
- Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu, threatening to destroy tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts. In his book, journalist Joshua Hammer tells the incredible story of how librarian Abdel Kader Haidara and his associates’ rescued some 370,000 historical manuscripts.
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