African Bibliophiles: Books and Libraries in Medieval Timbuktu

@article{Singleton2004AfricanBB,
  title={African Bibliophiles: Books and Libraries in Medieval Timbuktu},
  author={Brent D. Singleton},
  journal={Libraries \& Culture},
  year={2004},
  volume={39},
  pages={1 - 12}
}
The West African city of Timbuktu flourished as a center for Islamic scholarship from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. The social structure of the city was based on wealth, with further stratification by degree of literacy and expertise in interpreting Islamic legal texts. As a consequence, books and libraries evolved into blessed symbols of scholarship, wealth, and power. This essay explores the history of books and libraries during the Golden Age of Timbuktu (1493-1591… 
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