Mali



HMML’s largest project to date, with hundreds of thousands of manuscripts, focuses on West African Islamic tradition centered on the manuscripts of Timbuktu, historic West African center of learning. Most of the manuscripts were evacuated to Bamako, Mali’s capital, before the Jihadist occupation of Timbuktu in 2012. Malian technicians at SAVAMA-DCI (Bamako), founded by Dr. Abdel Kader Haidara, digitize an enormous collection of manuscripts containing Qur’ans, devotional and legal works, astrological and medical texts, literature, and poetry. The Mali library tradition centers on family library collections used, safeguarded, and kept within learned families for generations. The SAVAMA collection contains many small and large family libraries including the Haidara family's originating collection - the Mamma Haidara Library - the libraries of Aboubacar Abass, Attaher Mouaz, Almoustapha Abdoulahi, and others. HMML and SAVAMA partner with the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures to build local capacity in conservation, description, and digitization of manuscripts. In Timbuktu, HMML partnered with the EAP for the Endangered Libraries of Timbuktu (ELIT) project based at the Imam Ben Essayouti Library, located next to the famous Dyingerey Ber Mosque; Al-Wangara Library at the Sidi Yahya Mosque; and the Al-Cady Al-Aqib Library at the Sankore Mosque. HMML is also currently working in Djenné at the Djenné Manuscript Library.

Digitization technician at SAVAMA in Bamako Digitization technician at SAVAMA in Bamako
Manuscript from the Aboubacar Bin Said Library, Timbuktu (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/142154'>SAV ABS 312</a>) Manuscript from the Aboubacar Bin Said Library, Timbuktu (SAV ABS 312)
Dr. Abdel Kader Haidara, founder of SAVAMA-DCI (Bamako) Dr. Abdel Kader Haidara, founder of SAVAMA-DCI (Bamako)
Typical West African style binding Typical West African style binding
Great Mosque of Djenné Great Mosque of Djenné
Technicians and archivists at the Djenné Manuscript Library Technicians and archivists at the Djenné Manuscript Library
HMML Executive Director Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, and Project Director (Djenné and Timbuktu) Sophie Sarin, with partners at the Al-Wangari Library, Timbuktu HMML Executive Director Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, and Project Director (Djenné and Timbuktu) Sophie Sarin, with partners at the Al-Wangari Library, Timbuktu
Collating manuscripts before digitization at SAVAMA-DCI, Bamako Collating manuscripts before digitization at SAVAMA-DCI, Bamako
Team from the ELIT (Endangered Libraries of Timbuktu) Team from the ELIT (Endangered Libraries of Timbuktu)
Manuscript from the Mamma Haidara Library, Timbuktu (SAV BMH 14774) Manuscript from the Mamma Haidara Library, Timbuktu (SAV BMH 14774)
HMML’s Field Director for the Middle East, Africa & South Asia, Walid Mourad, training Malian technicians HMML’s Field Director for the Middle East, Africa & South Asia, Walid Mourad, training Malian technicians
HMML Executive Director Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, and Banzoumana Traoré at SAVAMA-DCI HMML Executive Director Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, and Banzoumana Traoré at SAVAMA-DCI

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