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Islam in Mali: Ancient Texts Fight for Survival

Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu is the home of some of Islam’s greatest treasures, but as French forces started pushing out al-Qaida-linked groups that occupied the area, the Islamists “set the manuscripts on fire as they were leaving,” said Abdoulaye Cissé, interim director of the institute. “Even after most had fled the town, a small group of jihadists returned to make sure that the fire was still burning.” Read the full story from The Guardian here. The manuscripts include writings on religion, science, astronomy, history and literature. Cissé notes that the practical version of Islam represented by the manuscripts is different from…

Islam in Mali: Malians in Paris’ ‘Little Bamako’ Watch Fighting Back Home

NPR featured “Little Bamako,” a section of Paris, on All Things Considered (01/24/13). NPR reporter Eleanor Beardsley looked Malian immigrants living in Paris and their reaction to French military moving into Mali to fight Islamist extremists. It seems most are in favor of the military campaign, and others wonder why President Obama and the U.S. military are not involved, since the U.S. fought the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. Listen to the NPR story (a transcript is also available to read).

Islam in Mali: A Country in Crisis

The country of Mali in West Africa is in crisis. A military coup in March was followed by a revolt of Tuareg fighters, who seized two-thirds of the northern part of the country. This has left a country divided. It has left Malian Muslims divided. There are armed groups in the north that are Malian-led — the Islamist sect Ansar Dine and the MNLA, the Tuareg separatist movement. But there is also the presence of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a Mali-based Islamist militant organization with an aim to overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic state. A story last week (11/29/12) via Al…

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