Petition to spare libraries/manuscripts of Timbuktu


The situation in Mali,  is increasingly volatile. The conflict has spread to Timbuktu, home of thousands of manuscripts documenting the rich heritage of West Africa through the ages.

The scholarly community is concerned for the safety of this cultural and intellectual heritage housed in the many libraries and private collections in Timbuktu. Its loss would be very detrimental to the development of African historiography.

Our West African colleagues, Drs. Habib Sy and Ibrahima Lo prepared a petition, urging the parties to the conflict to be mindful of the value of the heritage in these manuscripts and to spare them. You can  find a copy of this petition on the WARA ( West African Research Association) website  (



1 Comment

  1. Amidu Sanni

    Wed 22nd Aug 2012 at 10:50 am

    Amidu Sanni from Nigeria. I am happy SCOLMA has come up with the statement on the precarious condition to which the monumental heritage of Africa, the Arabic manuscripts in Mali, specifically in Timbuktu. are facing now I hope someone somewhere will hearken and assist.

Comments are closed

Important This site makes use of cookies which may contain tracking information about visitors. By continuing to browse this site you agree to our use of cookies.