The Resource The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts, Joshua Hammer., (ebook)

The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts, Joshua Hammer., (ebook)

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The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts
Title
The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu
Title remainder
and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts
Statement of responsibility
Joshua Hammer.
Title variation
Badass librarians of Timbuktu
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Language
eng
Summary
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, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers. 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. Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali's--and the world's--literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism
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B@L
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1957-
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Hammer, Joshua
Dewey number
025.8/2096623
Index
index present
LC call number
Z659
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Centre de documentation et de recherches "Ahmed Baba."
  • Libraries
  • Manuscripts, Arabic
  • Cultural property
  • Mali
  • Islamic learning and scholarship
  • Librarians
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The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts, Joshua Hammer., (ebook)
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781476777436
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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unknown sound
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  • other
  • remote
Stock number
5F63AEB0-2D09-439D-9C52-C1D8AF052FCB
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  • ocn945556559
  • (OCoLC)945556559
Label
The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts, Joshua Hammer., (ebook)
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781476777436
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
5F63AEB0-2D09-439D-9C52-C1D8AF052FCB
System control number
  • ocn945556559
  • (OCoLC)945556559

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