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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:The trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy and intellectual history in Muslim Africa
Editors:Krätli, Graziano
Lydon, GhislaineISNI
Series:Library of the written word (ISSN 1874-4834)
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic terms:Sahara
West Africa
Northern Africa
Arabic language
book industry
conservation of cultural heritage
intellectual history
Abstract:How did a manuscript culture come to flourish in the Sahara and in Muslim Africa more generally? Under what conditions did African intellectuals thrive and how did they acquire scholarly works and the writing paper necessary to contribute to knowledge? These issues are addressed in this collective volume on the history of the book - manuscript and printed - in Islamic West and northern Africa. Contributions: A historical geography of the trans-Saharan trade (Eric Ross); A thirst for knowledge: Arabic literacy, writing paper and Saharan bibliophiles in the southwestern Sahara (Ghislaine Lydon); The paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan (Terence Walz); The historic 'core curriculum' and the book market in Islamic West Africa (Bruce S. Hall and Charles C. Stewart); The book and the nature of knowledge in Muslim northern Nigeria, 1457-2007 (Murray Last); Literary culture and Arabic manuscripts in 19th-century Ilorin (Stefan Reichmuth); An overview of the major manuscript libraries in Timbuktu (Abdel Kader Haïdara); Information and communication technologies for the preservation and valorization of manuscript collections in Morocco (Said Ennahid); Coming to terms with tradition: manuscript conservation in contemporary Algeria (Judith Scheele); Camel to kilobytes: preserving the cultural heritage of the trans-Saharan book trade (Graziano Krätli). [ASC Leiden abstract]