About the Journal :
The International Journal of Manuscripts & Libraries for Specialized Research, published quarterly on behalf of the Scientific Institute of Advanced Training and Studies is a referred scientific journal, which is supervised by a group of scholars who are specialized in heritage, museums, and library studies in the Arab and international universities.
The objectives of this journal are: – To spot light on our memorable history to inspire a brighter future; – To stimulate the minds of researchers and adorers of heritage; -To exert efforts for the purpose of mobilizing skills and capacities in gathering various cultural, thoughtful, and heritage backgrounds; -To interact with the important aspects of our bountiful heritage, by and with which we live and move forward to the achievement of innovation, invention & development; -To fight alienation of relations with heritage; – To interact with masterworks of heritage to dedicate them to researchers to serve as a platform for achieving development.
The journal seeks to promote technical and educational services in view of international standards through distinguished and specialized qualifications, use of modern technology, loyalty and devotion to work, and achieving excellence to provide researchers and students with the best services. This will create a professional encouraging environment for the excellent creative ideas and talents who are committed to team work values, spirit of respect, authenticity of vision, and excellence in objectives.
The journal concerns with public intellectuals, persons interested in heritage and manuscripts, text editors, graduate researchers, researchers of manuscripts, librarians and information centres, in support of being a pioneer journal that seeks to make heritage a deep rooted science, art, entertainment, and education within an attractive framework of knowledge, as a leading journal in the field of heritage, documentations, and manuscripts studies at the national and international levels. Furthermore, the journal publishes authentic and distinguished scientific, technical and applied researches in an attempt to become a significant and added value journal in the field of electronic media, which takes advantage of the valuable components of manuscripts to regain its original beauty and the identity of Arabs and Muslims since they represent national, historical, ideological identities. In addition to this, manuscripts are regarded as a source of pride of the heritage left by our parents and ancestors including sciences, cultures, knowledge, and arts.
The importance of manuscripts and their impact on science and human knowledge is a case study (West Africa). The manuscripts are the works of scholars and their works, which is an updated word after printing. Therefore, there is no mention of this word or manuscript in the words of the applicants. This was done after the entry of printing, so the books became two sections: manuscripts, and printings, some of which were written by hand, called a manuscript, God and peace be upon him, and the jurisprudence of the nation, And the nation, otherwise, is not a nation. There is no doubt that we are still in dire need of it today, but the more years we have progressed, the greater our need and the need of the nation in general. The duties of competencies, so that if it is estimated that no one did: sin is a reality for everyone.
Based on the interest of West Africa in highlighting the Islamic civilization and its effective role in all fields,especially with regard to science, the Manuscripts Department was established and entrusted with the task of collecting as much of the heritage of the Arab and Islamic nation as possible by acquiring or indexing original manuscripts, The catalog of manuscripts in the world classified by countries, and these catalogs are sources of information relied upon in the base of the Treasury of the heritage, which is a comprehensive exclusive of the Islamic manuscripts and places of existence in various parts of the world The section deals with these holdings in a scientific way codified, In terms of registration, cataloging, arrangement and display. The manuscripts are recorded in special records and numbered, and then entered into the computer, and arranged in their place inside the memorization hall specially designed for this purpose. They are equipped with controls in degrees of light, heat and humidity, Integrated, fire-fighting system.
The importance of manuscripts in the West Africa region is due to the fact that field studies and studies have proved that this region is one of the richest areas in the western continent with valuable Arabic manuscripts. Some interested in this field mentioned that it exceeded tens, but hundreds of thousands of manuscript books and tens of thousands of letters, documents, contracts, It is not surprising that there has been an enormous accumulation of books in the region for many reasons. The book has enjoyed the greatest share of public and private interest in this region. Most of the vast wealth of manuscript books now in our hands is the result of the legacy of the ancestors For the children and grandchildren, which accumulated in that era, and the scientific families have retained most of this wealth in addition to the writings of scientists and local scholars, who influenced the local libraries, and African value and distinctive composition.
There is no doubt that the African manuscripts and documents in the region are more organized and accessible to the researchers, which is located in the Ahmad Baba Altembekti Center for Documents and Manuscripts, which includes thousands of them, in addition to the local libraries located in the city of Timbuktu itself, such as the Library of the Haiderh manuscripts, the library of Mahmoud Kaat, , The library of Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud al-Arwani, the library of imams in the Jangkirir mosque, the Sankri mosque, the Sidi Yahya al-Tadli mosque, and some of the local libraries in the villages and the Madashar of Timbuktu.
These are examples of some of the local libraries in the region, which are rich in thousands of manuscript books, rare historical documents and manuscripts, most of which are stored in iron and wood boxes. This is a bad method that often leads to serious damage to the manuscript and some of them are kept in vessels made of animal skins