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Title:The Haroun Ould Sidia Collection of Arabic Manuscripts
Author:Stewart, Charles C.
Year:1991
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:18
Pages:349-358
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Islamic studies
manuscripts
History and Exploration
Bibliography/Research
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3172071
Abstract:This note describes a collection of Arabic manuscripts which was microfilmed in Boutilimit, Mauritania, in 1987-1989. This filmed collection consists of five discrete sets of material that overlap in part. In its entirety, the film is the record of a private manuscript library from West Africa which represents about 100 years of book collecting and copying (c. 1810-1910) and which must be among the largest such collections in the region. The library which forms the core of the collection dates from the career of a southern Saharan savant, Shaykh Sidiyya 'al-Kabir' (1775-1868), whose studies and travels took him from his native Trarza region (today's southwest Mauritania) to Timbuktu in the east and northwards as far as Fes. In many respects the library which he thus accumulated represents something of a culmination of the known and studied Islamic sciences in West Africa on the eve of European penetration. Notes, ref.
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