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Mali: Saved from the Fire by Ami Vitale (43 images)

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Timbuktu, on the south western edge of the Sahara desert, has an illustrious history as a centre of trade and learning dating back to 13th century. Tens of thousands of manuscripts covering everything from astrology to medicine have been kept in the city over the centuries and families have a tradition of passing down their private libraries through the generation, thus preserving this unique heritage. The Ahmad Baba Institute, named after the 17th century scholar Ahmad Baba al Massufi who...
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