Discovery of Timbuktu
Manuscripts puts an end to Western "Songs and Dance Theory"
of African People. Greatest Find Since Dead-Sea Scrolls On the Verge
of being lost.
The Timbuktu manuscripts are a symbolic
representation of the impact and influence of the early schools
and universities ( XII-XVIth century) that existed in West Africa
( Timbuktu-Gao-Djenné-Kano). However, the manuscripts that
remain in Timbuktu are only part of the intellectual heritage of
West Africa. Many other manuscripts can be found in other locations
in West Africa.
How you can help save the endangered manuscripts of
All those of you who care and appreciate an African
intellectual legacy, an Islamic legacy, an academic legacy and a
spiritual legacy help save the endangered manuscripts of Timbuktu.
There are 700,000 manuscripts in Timbuktu and surroundings that
are on the verge of being lost if the appropriate action is not
taken. These manuscripts represent a turning point in the history
of Africa and its people. The translation and publication of the
manuscripts of Timbuktu will restore self-respect, pride, honor
and dignity to the people of Africa and those descended from Africa;
it will also obliterate the stereo-typical images of Tarzan and
primitive savages as true representation of Africa and its civilization.
The manuscripts of Timbuktu are a living testimony
of the highly advanced and refined civilization in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Before the European Renaissance, Timbuktu flourished as the greatest
academic and commercial center in Africa. Great empires such as
Ghana, Mali, and Songhai were proofs of the talents, creativity
and ingenuity of the African people. The University of Timbuktu
produced both Black African scholars and leaders of the highest
rank, character and nobility.
The manuscripts of Timbuktu cover diverse subjects
such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, optics, astronomy, medicine,
Islamic sciences, history, geography, the traditions of The Prophet
peace be upon him, government legislation and treaties, jurisprudence
and much more.
Today, this entire African intellectual legacy is
on the verge of being lost. The brittle condition of the manuscripts
i.e. pages disintegrate easily like ashes, the termites, insects,
weather, piracy of the manuscripts, and the selling of these treasures
to tourists for food money pose a serious threat to the future of
the manuscripts of Timbuktu.
Timbuktu Educational Foundation, the legal custodian
and caretaker of the manuscripts, urges you to act today, at this
very moment by sponsoring at least one manuscript. Based on the
700,000 manuscripts the Foundation wants to restore, preserve, translate
and publish, we estimated that if 700,000 concerned people sponsor
each a manuscript for $100 dollars we will secure the funds needed
to allow the Foundation to undertake its activities and programs,
thus rewrite the history of Africa and its people. No contribution
is too small. Please take the initiative to save at least one manuscript
by mailing your tax-deductible offering to:
Timbuktu Educational Foundation
P.O.Box 222, Alameda, California
Call us at (510) 748-9033
Fax us at (510 521-8016
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for your important and generous contribution.