Timbuktu Preserves Historic Manuscripts (PHOTOS)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- In the darkness of his mud-brick house, Abdoul Wahid Abdarahim Tahar opened one of three metal trunks, pulled out a crumbling manuscript and opened it delicately. The Arabic characters -- despite the manuscript being centuries old -- were clearly legible.

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