"Islamic Manuscripts from Mali" Online

Judith of Troll Fen reports that the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress has released Islamic Manuscripts from Mali as part of its Global Gateway collection. The collection is available online.

The website states:

"Islamic Manuscripts from Mali" is a collection of twenty-two Islamic manuscripts containing important insights into the life and culture of West Africans during the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Era. The Library of Congress, through a collaborative effort with the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library of Timbuktu, Mali, is making available online these rare and important documents. The manuscripts are the work of a number of authors and cover a variety of topics, including--but not limited to--astrology, commerce, Islamic law, health care, mysticism, slavery, and agriculture. All of the manuscripts are written in various forms of the Arabic script."