This article describes Timbuktu manuscript condition. Timbuktu, Mali is the legendary city founded as a commercial centre in West Africa nine hundred years ago. Dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, the ancient manuscripts presented in this article cover every aspect of human endeavour and are indicative of the high level of civilization attained by West Africans during the Middle Ages and the pre-colonial period. The manuscripts are written in various styles of the Arabic script. These styles were developed in Timbuktu and the surrounding regions of Mali and West Africa. The chain of the manuscript redraws the creation process of the manuscripts in the respect of the materials, which make it up. The article suggests that the rehabilitation of the workshops of the scribes for the conservation and the restoration of the manuscripts.
Universitě Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Institut des Recherches en Sciences Humaines, Département des manuscrits arabes et ajamis Rue de ľlnstitut BP.318, Niamey, Niger
S. Moumouni, Universite Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Institut des Recherches en Sciences Humaines, Departement des manuscrits arabes et ajamis, Rue de l'Institut BP.318, Niamey, Niger
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