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Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians': Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose

April 23rd, 2016

Episode 480 of 550 episodes

Librarian Abdel Kader Haidara organized a smuggling operation to keep centuries-old manuscripts out of the hands of al-Qaida. Joshua Hammer wrote about it in The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.

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