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Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu

The Djinguereber Mosque (Masjid) in Timbuktu is a famous learning center of Mali built in 1327, and cited as Djingareyber or Djingarey Ber in various languages. Its design is accredited to Abu Es Haq es Saheli who was paid 200 kg (40,000 mithqals) of gold by Mansa Kankan Musa, emperor of the Mali Empire. [According to Ibn Khaldun, one of the best known sources for 14th century Mali, says al-Sahili was given 12,000 mithkals of gold dust for his designing and building of the djinguereber in Timbuktu.

Except for a small part of the northern facade which is limestone, the Djingareyber Mosque is made entirely of earth plus organic materials such as fibre, straw and wood. It has three inner courts, two minarets and twenty five rows of pillars aligned in an east-west direction and prayer space for 2,000 people.

Djinguereber is one of three madrassas composing the University of Sankore. It was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988,[1] and in 1990 was considered to be in danger due to sand encroachment.[2] A four year project towards the restoration and rehabilitation of the Mosque began in June, 2006, and is being conducted and financed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.[3]

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Outside the mosque

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  1. ^ Report of the World Heritage Committee, Twelfth Session, Brasilia, Brazil, 5-9 December 1988: UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, 1988-12-23, pp. 17–18, SC-88/CONF.001/13, http://whc.unesco.org/archive/repcom88.htm#119, retrieved 2007-04-09  
  2. ^ Report of the World Heritage Committee, Fourteenth Session, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 7-12 December 1990: UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, 1990-12-12, pp. 17–18, CLT-90/CONF.004/13, http://whc.unesco.org/archive/repcom90.htm#timbuktu, retrieved 2007-04-09  
  3. ^ "La Cité des 333 saints abrite de nombreux chantiers de modernisation" (in French). Afribone Mali SA. 2007-04-05. http://www.afribone.com/article.php3?id_article=6085. Retrieved 2007-04-09.  

Translated from Ibn Khaldun, loc. cit., p. 348. sjg ;sdutsiutiau uAKkljj:afauiifgKJAKJGFKJGAKJAGKJKAGJG

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Coordinates: 16°46′17″N 3°0′36″W / 16.77139°N 3.01°W / 16.77139; -3.01

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