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CWCN BOOK CLUB with 'The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts' by Joshua Hammer
Time: Wednesday 16 October 2019, 14:00 - 16:00
Place: CWCN Centre, 47 Hepworth St, Chapel Hill (UBD 178 A11)
To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven. In the 1980s, the young adventurer and collector for a government library Abdel Kader Haidara travelled across the Sahara and along the Niger River salvaging tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts. In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.
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