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The website of the Senegalese NGO Aid Transparency offers a lot of interesting information on the conservation and digitisation of ancient manuscipts from Africa. Among others, you will find information on conferences including programmes and abstracts, several small videos which show the work of the archivists etc., a country specific search for news about African manuscripts, writing systems and much more. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
"The African Online Digital Library (AODL) is a portal to multimedia collections about Africa. MATRIX, working in cooperation with the African Studies Center at Michigan State University, is partnering with universities and cultural heritage organizations in Africa to build this resource. You will find links to portals on different African topics. [according to site editor’s information] ... [supplemented]
Early Nigerian Qur'anic Manuscripts (ENiQMa) is an interdisciplinary project which explores a unique resource on Kanuri, an important West African language, and investigates the history of Islamic/Qur'anic studies in the Kanem-Borno Empire, which originated in the 9th century A.D. to the northeast of Lake Chad. The main study areas covered by ENiQMa include linguistic analysis of the archaic Kanembu data and examination of the Islamic manuscripts written in this same language (Kanembu/Kanuri-Ajami). ... [according to site editor's information]
Homepage of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa at the Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. You will find a lot of information about the research at the institute, about events, publications (among others the journal Islamic Africa and the"Arabic Literature of Africa (ALA)" series), fulltexts of working papers and the like. Furthermore, "ISITA has collaborated with the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern to make available an online catalog of an important collection of Arabic-script materials from West Africa housed at Northwestern." [editors ilissAfrica] ... [according to site editor’s information]
Link list of the research group about manuscript culture in Asia and Africa. You will finds links for different regions including Africa. Among others, there are links to information about Islamic manuscripts from Mali (Timbuktu), Nigeria and the Swahili region. [editors ilissAfrica]
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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