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Guardians of Memory

The quest to save ancient manuscripts

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The Story of a New Name

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…

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Guns and Poses

Smuggling and subterfuge in the North African desert

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How Timbuktu Saved Its Books

Behind the rescue of Mali’s historic manuscripts

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Weekly Review

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…

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Baba the thief

A Timbuctoo experience

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