Shrines in Timbuktu destroyed

More destruction sanctuaries

Published on 12 July 2012

Author(s): WAC distlist/Kevin C. MacDonald

Type:  News 12 July 2012

More destruction in Mali. RFI says its the great mosque (the first mosque) of Timbuktu Djingereber. However, as far as I can tell, only two saints shrines stuck to a side of the mosque have actually been destroyed. Yet, once all the saints shrines are gone (9 of 17 now totally destroyed) I fear that the mosques, or the tomb of Askia Mohammed in Gao, may indeed be next. Condemnations though admirable and worthy are not enough. Action on the ground must be inspired. Ansar Dine will not be stopped by words.

The Destruction so far:

  • Mausoleum of Alpha Moya
  • Mausoleum of Sidi Mohamoud
  • Mausoleum of Cheick Sidi Moctar
  • Mausoleum of the three Saints
  • The northern gate/ mausoleum of the Mosque Sidi Yehia
  • Mausoleum of Sheikh Mohamed Tamba Tamba
  • Mausoleum of Sheikh El Kebir
  • Two Mausoleums of Djingereber Mosque

Prof Kevin C. MacDonald PhD FSA
Professor of African Archaeology
Graduate Tutor

Co-Editor Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa

The Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
United Kingdom

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