Submission Title

Timbuktu: The Malpractice of Losing History

Session Number

RS13

Location

Graves Gym

Abstract Number

RS13-f

Abstract

Timbuktu is a principle case of “lost history”. Timbuktu was one of the wealthiest cities in all of history adding significant advancement in knowledge and wisdom and is unparalleled over against any city at its time in grandeur and greatness. This history became “lost” essentially because it was not taught due to being deemed as unimportant by eurocentic historians as centuries passed by. History is completely integral to the cultural of an ethnic group. Therefore, this rich history was not attributed to peoples of North African descent and their cultural to some extent was robbed. Why is history lost? How can we recover, reclaim and ensure that it is shared? These will be some prescriptive questions to be answered. When searching for lost history what are the signals and warning signs to indicate history is missing, and how to establish preventive measures to discontinue the malpractice of “losing” history.

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Timbuktu: The Malpractice of Losing History

Graves Gym

Timbuktu is a principle case of “lost history”. Timbuktu was one of the wealthiest cities in all of history adding significant advancement in knowledge and wisdom and is unparalleled over against any city at its time in grandeur and greatness. This history became “lost” essentially because it was not taught due to being deemed as unimportant by eurocentic historians as centuries passed by. History is completely integral to the cultural of an ethnic group. Therefore, this rich history was not attributed to peoples of North African descent and their cultural to some extent was robbed. Why is history lost? How can we recover, reclaim and ensure that it is shared? These will be some prescriptive questions to be answered. When searching for lost history what are the signals and warning signs to indicate history is missing, and how to establish preventive measures to discontinue the malpractice of “losing” history.