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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The quest to save ancient manuscripts
By Anna Badkhen, from Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah, out this month from Riverhead Books. Badkhen is the author of several previous books, including…
Smuggling and subterfuge in the North African desert
Behind the rescue of Mali’s historic manuscripts
The United States was investigating claims that someone flushed a copy of the Koran down a Guantánamo Bay toilet. In Afghanistan, news of the flushing led to riots, where hundreds…
A Timbuctoo experience
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