AMMS is a bi-lingual database that was developed at the University of Illinois in the late 1980s to describe a collection of Arabic and Ajami manuscripts in southern Mauritania (Boutilimit). It subsequently has been used to catalogue seven other West African collections including the manuscript libraries at the Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique, Northwestern University, and the Centre Ahmad Baba in Timbuktu. Currently (during 2008-09) print catalogues from West Africa published by al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation are being added to it.
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The Centre of Competence on Africa is an interdisciplinary network catering for scholars from all faculties. It coordinates and promote research and training relating to Africa at the University of Basel. Its website offers broad information on recent Africa research projects at the university, on member institutes, main research topics and much more. Please note the "Portal" which offers you information on important resources (libraries, databases, map collections, etc) in the African Studies worldwide. ... [editors ilissAfrica]