Culture / World

French incursion may be saving Mali’s cultural heritage

The presence of French troops in Mali may help to protect a priceless cultural legacy which has been under siege by Islamist fighters. The BBC reports on the fate of the ancient city of Timbuktu: The historic city is a World Heritage site, renowned for its architecture, manuscript libraries and centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints -…
History

The Arab as “white foreigner” – the contested heritage of Timbuktu

Manuscripts of Timbuktu
[caption id="attachment_382" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="A Treasure of Timbuktu"][/caption] The legendary city of Timbuktu - a center for trade and learning for centuries and is the home of the oldest library south of the Sahara. Now, African and Saudi donors are joined in a contest to reframe the cultural heritage of a continent: No one in…