2,696 Manuscripts From The Bibliothèque De Manuscrits Al Imam Essayouti, In Tombouctou, Mali, Are Now Available In Reading Room
2,696 manuscripts from the Bibliothèque de Manuscrits al-Imam Essayouti, in Tombouctou, Mali, are now available in Reading RoomPosted: 2022-07-08
The Bibliothèque de Manuscrits al-Imam Essayouti constitutes the collection of the Essayouti family, who have been hereditary imams of Timbuktu’s Djinguereber mosque for at least 300 years. The collection includes classic works of Islamic law, Tafsir, Qur’anic science, poetry, grammar, and other subjects, many of them copied by or for members of the Essayouti family.
The library is noteworthy for its collection of local fatwas, ijāzahs (teaching licenses granted at the conclusion of studying a text) and historical notes, exchanges of letters between Timbuktu notables, and copies of political and religious treatises by the Fodiawa (founders of the Sokoto Caliphate), the Kunta family, and other regionally important figures. The oldest text in the collection dates to 1615 CE, with the majority of texts written between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. View now