Lost Libraries of Timbuktu
Around 60 libraries in Timbuktu are still owned by local families and institutions, collections that have survived political turbulence throughout the region, as well as the ravages of nature. A good example is the Ahmed Baba Institute, established in 1970, which was named after the famous 16th/17th-century scholar, the greatest in Africa.
Ahmed Baba wrote 70 works in Arabic, many on jurisprudence but some on grammar and syntax. Deported to Morocco after the Moroccan invasion of Songhay in 1591, he is said to have complained to the sultan there that the latter's troops had stolen 1,600 books from him and that this was the smallest library compared to those of any of his friends.
Today, the Ahmed Baba Institute has nearly 30,000 manuscripts, which are being studied, catalogued and preserved. However, during the period of French colonial domination of Timbuktu (1894–1959), many manuscripts were seized and burned by the colonialists, and as a result, many families there still refuse access to researchers for fear of a new era of pillaging. Other manuscripts were lost due to adverse climatic conditions – for example, following droughts, many people buried their manuscripts and fled.
The manuscripts themselves range from tiny fragments to treatises of hundreds of pages.
Four basic types have survived:
key texts of Islam, including Korans, collections of Hadiths (actions or sayings of the Prophet), Sufi texts and devotional texts
works of the Maliki school of Islamic law
texts representative of the 'Islamic sciences', including grammar, mathematics and astronomy
original works from the region, including contracts, commentaries, historical chronicles, poetry, and marginal notes and jottings, which have proved to be a surprisingly fertile source of historical data.
The manuscripts themselves are of special importance to their owners for a number of reasons. For example, many people who are descended from the servile classes but claimed noble descent have been caught out by evidence from the manuscripts.
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Read 1 book a month, that used to be my bucket list but I’ve long ticked it off. Mark Cuban also said that one of his secret to success is to read and read, anything to help you get to where you want to go. I agree with him!.
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A Biblioteca do Congresso é essencialmente a biblioteca nacional dos Estados Unidos e a mais antiga instituição cultural federal nos EUA. A biblioteca é constituída por três edifícios diferentes e é a maior biblioteca do mundo, medida pelo espaço para as prateleira e pelo número de volumes. A biblioteca é aberta ao público, mas como a instituição de pesquisa dos membros do Congresso apenas do Congresso (e juízes da Suprema Corte e alguns outros funcionários do governo) podem tomar livros emprestados. São mais de 32 milhões de livros, mais de 61 milhões manuscritos, um rascunho da Declaração da Independência, uma cópia perfeita em pergaminho da Bíblia de Gutenberg (um dos quatro no mundo), mais de 1 milhão de jornais dos últimos três séculos, mais de 5 milhões de mapas, 6 milhões de peças de partituras, e mais de 14 milhões de fotos e gravuras.
Fonte: Livros só mudam pessoas.
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Day 17 #duskangeljan18 is bookish merch! Notice how almost all of it is Harry Potter related.... I could have included so much more (blanket, robes, rucksack, time turner, deathly hallows necklace etc but didn’t want to pack the picture even more!!! I’m going to post my signed by the full original cast copy of cursed child later though: but that deserves its own post! I especially love my “when in doubt, go to the library” bag and my butter beer cork necklace that one of my students made me (2 years ago!) but is still one of my favourite possessions. I’ve also thrown in my gruffalo hangers. I love the gruffalo! And my mug of bookmarks!
Eu comecei a ler bastante mangá por conta desse Vitamin, um dia o @felipemartineli foi comprar algo na banca de jornal e me trouxe. Eu nem sabia do que se tratava. Quando li me impressionou, fala sobre bullying, relacionamento abusivo e aborda muitos outros assuntos pesados nos fazendo sentir muita pena e tristeza pela protagonista. Eu tenho um carinho muito grande por esse mangá 💕
On the way home from the library today, in a moment of weakness, I detoured into the bakery. (It was worth it). • I’ve been thinking a lot about the responsibility of reviews and recommendations lately, and chatting it over with a few friends, too. There are so many elements to what goes into a review, and I think a good review can — and probably should — have both objective and subjective elements. I think it’s possible to acknowledge that something is beautifully written while also pointing out its problematic aspects. I think it’s possible to consider books through the filter of our particular experiences (for me, for example, as a woman with a judeo-Christian worldview, living in a fairly privileged country) while also being aware, intentional, and thoughtful about how those perspectives shape our thinking. I also think it’s fine — and helpful, even — to consider that what is good for one person to read might not be good for another. A peer might read and enjoy something that I find triggering in a way that’s unhelpful or unnecessarily distressing, while I may read something that is fine for me but not okay for, say, a student in year nine. Then, of course, is the awareness that authors today often see the reviews we write and, although we should never compromise honesty to pander to authors or publishers, it’s important to remember that these are people, too. So critiques must be tempered in order to build up the conversation and hold the reading and writing community to a high standard rather than to tear down an individual. There’s so much that goes into this discussion, and that’s why it’s wonderful and important that so many people contribute to the conversation. The more people read and discuss a book, the more perspectives are brought to bear on the topic, and the richer the dialogue is for everyone. There was a question I was leading up to somewhere, but I lost it in my rambles. 🙈 If you read all the way to the end of this, I’d love to hear your insights!
La ragazza di prima (di Jp Delaney)
Edward Monkford - un innovatore, un architetto riservato e profondo -, ha progettato e realizzato in Folgate Street, civico 1, Londra. Una casa straordinaria, design minimalista di pietra chiara, lastre di vetro insonorizzate e sensibili alla luce, soffitti immensi, nessun soprammobile, niente armadi, niente cornici alle finestre, nessun interruttore, nessuna presa elettrica. Una casa che però ha le sue regole, il Regolamento: se Jane avrà la casa dovrà cambiare un bel po' di cose, a partire dal suo carattere. L'architetto ha voluto sapere tutto di lei, le ha fatto compilare un modulo con centinaia di domande senza un nesso apparentemente. Tuttavia, la casa è già stata abitata, una volta. Da una ragazza che tre anni fa è morta. In quella casa. ♠il mio parere♠
Molti hanno definito questo libro come una storia che si perde andando avanti nelle pagine, io non la penso assolutamente così! Trama stupenda e avvincente, non stanca mai anche perché la storia è raccontata da due persone (la ragazza di prima e Jane). Finale impeccabile ed imprevedibile. Assolutamente da leggere
~E voi lo avete letto? Cosa ne pensate? Vi è piaciuto?~
Since this post is about guilty pleasures what is a TV show that you watch that is a guilty pleasure?
Keep Up with the Kardashians
I was tagged by @fandomverse10 to do #janbooktag tag so here it goes: ✨ •Leftover chocolate - book you're sick of seeing:
•Feeling poor - book that you spent too much money on:
- All books are expensive but they're all worth it in the end! ✨
•Chocolate orange - book that you didn't expect to like but did:
•Shortbread - an old favorite:
- Dracula by Bram Stocker and of course Harry Potter ✨
•New year, new me - genre that you plan to read more of:
•Gift - book that you received:
- A couple of Arabic books that got gifted to me by my family
•Taking down the decorations - book with a minimalist cover:
- Milk and Honey
•Scrapping the junk food - book that you'd get rid of: - Twilight
•Leftover wrapping paper - story that was wrapped up perfectly:
- All the Bright Places
•So many mince pies - guilty pleasure:
- I take no guilt in reading books but I do take guilt in some of the action caused due to ready (screaming bloody murder...)
Роман Остапа Дроздова «№1» — це більше, ніж просто роман, затиснутий жанровими рамками. Це сповідь кількох поколінь, об’єднаних наскрізною ідеєю — відстояти свою ідентичність. Це родинна сага з драматичними поворотами долі. Це одразу декілька біографій на тлі різних епох, в якій відвертість автора межує з публічним оголенням до найпотаємнішого. Це життєствердний і нестандартний погляд на будні за вікном. Це плач і сміх. Це саме життя. Таким, яким його бачить і відчуває автор. Відомий український журналіст, політичний оглядач, незмінний автор та ведучий політичної програми «Прямим текстом» та авторського хард-ток-шоу Drozdov на телеканалі ZIK.