Ever heard of African King Idris Alooma?

We may think of Timbuktu as the pre-eminent site of pre-colonial West African scholarship, but there were other places spanning across Northern Africa and Western and Central Sudan that were renowned for their tradition of teaching...

One such place was Birni Gazargamu. This first great centre of Islamic learning in Central Sudan produced outstanding figures like Idris Alooma, the pioneering 16th century King who improved governance and infrastructure. A scholar himself, he funded scholarship and the copying of sacred books...

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Timbuktu Manuscripts or (Tombouctou Manuscripts) is a blanket term for the large number of historically important manuscripts that have been preserved for centuries in private households in Timbuktu, Mali.

Muslim Heritage: The University of Sankore, Sankore Mosque that houses the University Campus in Mali. 

theguardian.com"A worker stands over examples of ancient Islamic manuscripts at Ahmed Baba Library in Timbuktu, Mali - Ben Curtis/AP"

Muslim Heritage: Black History Month: African contributions to Muslim Civilisation

DailyMail.co.uk: Forgotten: The ancient city of Chinguetti, in the west-African nation of Mauritania, is home to around 6,000 ancient manuscripts

Muslim Heritage: Lecture on Timbuktu Manuscripts at Al-Furqan Foundation

Muslim Heritage: Ode to Ahmad Baba

Muslim Heritage: Song of Suwari: Ode to West African Scholars


Ever heard of African King Idris Alooma?We may think of Timbuktu as the pre-eminent site of pre-colonial West African...

Posted by 1001 Inventions from Muslim Civilisation on Tuesday, 18 August 2015