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The Trans-Saharan Book Trade: Manuscript Culture, Arabic Literacy and Intellectual History in Muslim Africa

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Concerned with the history of scholarly production, book markets and trans-Saharan exchanges in Muslim African (primarily western and northern Africa), as well as the creation of manuscript libraries, this book consists of a collection of twelve essays that examine these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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Overview

Concerned with the history of scholarly production, book markets and trans-Saharan exchanges in Muslim African (primarily western and northern Africa), as well as the creation of manuscript libraries, this book consists of a collection of twelve essays that examine these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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Meet the Author

Graziano Krätli is the International Digital Projects Librarian at Yale University. He has published articles and translations of American, British and Indian authors, travel literature, and the history of the book in non-Western societies.

Ghislaine Lydon is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles who specializes in the cultural and economic history of Western Africa and the Sahara.

The contributors are Said Ennahid, Abdel Kader Haïdara, Bruce S. Hall, Graziano Krätli, Murray Last, Ghislaine Lydon, Stefan Reichmuth, Eric Ross, Judith Scheele, Charles C. Stewart, Houari Touati, and Terence Walz.

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Table of Contents

Foreword – Houari Touati
Chapter One: The Historic Geography of the Trans-Saharan Book Trade – Eric Ross
Chapter Two: A Thirst for Knowledge: Arabic Literacy, Writing Paper and Saharan Bibliophiles in Southwestern Sahara – Ghislaine Lydon
Chapter Three: The Paper Trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries – Terence Walz
Chapter Four: The Historic “Core Curriculum” and the Book Market in Islamic West Africa –Bruce S. Hall and Charles C. Stewart
Chapter Five: The Book and the Nature of Knowledge in Muslim Northern Nigeria, 1457-2007 – Murray Last
Chapter Six: Notes on Arabic Manuscripts and Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ilorin – Stefan Reichmuth
Chapter Seven: An Overview of Major Manuscript Libraries in Timbuktu – Abdel Kader Haïdara
Chapter Eight: Information and Communication Technologies for the Preservation and Valorization of Documentary Heritage in Morocco – Said Ennahid
Chapter Nine: Coming to Terms with Tradition: Manuscript Conservation in Contemporary Algeria – Judith Scheele
Chapter Ten: Camel to Kilobytes: Preserving the Cultural Heritage of the Trans-Saharan Book Trade – Graziano Krätli
Note on Contributors
Glossaries
Index
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