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Timbuktu Talks--The Dawn of the West African Clerisy: Moodibo Muhammad al-Kabari and "The Grove of Gains & Benefits"

Event Type
Center for African Studies; Dept. of History
wifi event
Dec 3, 2021   2:00 pm  
Prof. Rudolph Ware
Originating Calendar
African studies - Outreach Calendar

Around 1400 CE, an African scholar named al-Kabari, based in Timbuktu, penned what may be the oldest surviving text written by an indigenous West African in any language. This talk—about al-Kabari and his surviving manuscript - will explore the ontological and epistemological universe of the Niger Bend in the 14-15th centuries.

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