"Timbuktu, also spelled TOMBOUCTOU, is a city in the West African nation of Mali. It is historically important as a post on the trans-Saharan caravan route. It is located on the southern edge of the Sahara, about 8 mi (13 km) north of the Niger River. Timbuktu was a centre for the expansion of Islam, an intellectual and spiritual capital at the end of the Mandingo Askia dynasty (1493-1591) and home to a prestigious Koranic university. Three great mosques built at that time, using traditional techniques, still remain."
"Timbuktu is a city in central Mali known for gold and salt trades in the 14th-16th centuries. It was the center for Islamic learning; home to the Tuareg herdsmen who practice a different form of Islam where the men are veiled and the women are not."
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