Sixteen original manuscripts from Timbuktu are featured in an exhibition at Brussels' Centre for Fine Arts that runs until February 22.
The papers were among a huge number of cultural treasures rescued from the desert town's famous libraries during the 2012 war in Mali, a move described by art historian Julie Chaizemartin as "one of the biggest cultural rescue operations ever in the context of an exacerbated political-ideological war".
Written in the 15th and 16th centuries, they are some of the earliest recorded texts from Africa.
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