EUROPEANS TAUGHT FOR CENTURIES that Africa had no written history, literature or philosophy (claiming Egypt was other than African). When roughly 1 MILLION manuscripts were found in Timbuktu/Mali covering , according to Reuters “all the fields of human knowledge: law, the sciences, medicine,” IT DID NOT MAKE MAINSTREAM NEWS as did the lies taught by Europeans concerning Africa
Someone asked me to somehow “verify” that this story is real.
Of course it’s real! The PROBLEM with the coverage regarding these manuscripts is that they’re constantly portrayed as being in “danger” because many of them are still in the possession of Malian descendants. About 700,000 have been cataloged so far, and they have had to be moved in part because apparently extremist groups have tried to firebomb them. Many others are still in the possession of the families they have been passed down in.
Some of these collected manuscripts are being housed in exile, but mold and humidity have been a constant threat. They have been raising funds to try and preserve these manuscripts-you can read more about the project to house and protect them here.
A bit of the history of these manuscripts from National Geographic:
These sacred manuscripts covered an array of subjects: astronomy, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, judicial law, government, and Islamic conflict resolution. Islamic study during this period of human history, when the intellectual evolution had stalled in the rest of Europe was growing, evolving, and breaking new ground in the fields of science, mathematics, astronomy, law, and philosophy within the Muslim world.
By the 1300s the “Ambassadors of Peace” centered around the University of Timbuktu created roving scholastic campuses and religious schools of learning that traveled between the cities of Timbuktu, Gao, and Djénné, helping to serve as a model of peaceful governance throughout an often conflict-riddled tribal region.
At its peak, over 25,000 students attended the University of Timbuktu.
By the beginning of the 1600s with the Moroccan invasions from the north, however, the scholars of Timbuktu began to slowly drift away and study elsewhere. As a result, the city’s sacred manuscripts began to fall into disrepair. While Islamic teachings there continued for another 300 years, the biggest decline in scholastic study occurred with the French colonization of present-day Mali in the late 1890s.
So yeah, basically the story of this collection’s source more or less ends with “…but unfortunately, colonialism”, as do most of the great cities of Africa, the Americas, and some parts of Asia.
Also, as an additional consideration:
With the pressures of poverty, a series of droughts, and a tribal Tureg rebellion in Mali that lasted over ten years, the manuscripts continue to disappear into the black market, where they are illegally sold to private and university collections in Europe and the United States.
Notice where the blame is placed here via language use: on the people in poverty forced to sell their treasures, as opposed to the Universities in Europe and the U.S. buying them.
It’s really just another face of Neocolonialism.
my little sister gets really upset with herself whenever she makes even the tiniest mistakes, so I’ve been purposely fucking up a lot (tripping up the stairs, tying my shoes the wrong way, writing letters backwards, etc.) in an attempt to show her that it’s alright to mess up, and keep her from crying.
Today the zipper on her jacket got stuck when I was walking her home from first grade, and when we fixed it she shouted ‘yay we messed up but it’s okay now!!’ and I’m so proud
I am not convinced that civilization is a good thing.
There is no history of a hunting civilization every voluntarily becoming farmers. Farm work is drudge work. Hunting is exciting. Just ask the Native American plains people. Farming takes months to see a crop. Hunting is instant. Hunters were healthier than farmers because they were not crowded in with a lot of people and food animals which transferred diseases to humans.
Towns became magnets for war with those who would rather kill and take than work. Farms led to an accumulation of wealth and a division of society into haves and have nots. Farming led to slavery because there was now a need for extra labor.
Arguably farming also led to the development of art, writing and literature but at what cost? Perhaps if there is a catastrophe which sends us back into the caves it may not be such a terrible thing in the long run."
This is so beautiful.
if you’re reading this we’re now in a relationship love you babe