Library Reading Series: Wed. 2/27

Posted on: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 12:35pm

 Western Libraries Winter Reading Series

Presents Christopher Wise, Ph.D
Professor of English & Comparative Literature

"Leo Africanus In Timbuktu:
The Askiyas of the Songhay Dynasty
The Plundering of Northern Mali,
Past and Present"

Wednesday February 27th
Wilson 4 Central Reading Room  4 - 5:30 pm

"This talk will compare and contrast early images of Timbuktu during the era of the Askiyas, as documented in Leo Africanus' extant writings, Amin Maalouf's Leo Africanus, as well as writings of Timbuktu chroniclers from the era of the Askiyas, especially Al Hajj Mahmud Kati, author of the Tarikh al fattash."

Western Libraries has been awarded the national Bridging Cultures Bookshelf award, sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  “The Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.” As an award winner, the libraries will receive the “Muslim Journeys” collection of books, films and a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online which will be available later in the winter quarter.