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Historian on the Niger River
December 27, 2010

Niger River

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel and Adventure Photos

Timbuktu historian and philosopher Ismael Diadie Haidara takes a trip on the Niger River. His Moorish ancestors fled Andalusia when Spain expelled Muslims. The story of the Moors' exodus and arrival in Mali is contained in Tarikh al-fattash, a history of the Mali Empire and one of Timbuktu's most important ancient manuscripts.

See more photos of the January 2011 story "The Telltale Scribes of Timbuktu."

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Photograph by Brent Stirton, National Geographic
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