The different types of calligraphy found in the Timbuktu manuscripts are Suūdᾱnī, Sahrᾱwī, Sūqī, Maghribī, and Sharqī. Book art reached its peak in the 16th century, in the Middle East, Persia, and West Africa.
Comments and Corrections
The manuscripts contain very few crossings-out as professional copyists were subject to rules that had to be respected to make the text readable. Copyists instead used symbols, here in red, to indicate changes, doubts or variations in the lines of text.
What makes a Timbuktu manuscript?
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