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"Scholars say irreplaceable Islamic texts representing a historic era of Muslim culture, including West Africa's unique part in it, are decaying to oblivion in sweltering homes.
Tens of thousands have been rescued and put in safe storage here and abroad, but many more are scattered around Timbuktu - private heirlooms handed down from parents to children over the centuries.
The Timbuktu texts "are probably among the most important unused scholarly materials in the world," said Chris Murphy of the U.S. Library of Congress, who was co-curator of an exhibition of 23 of the manuscripts in Washington last year."