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Welcome to the Beautiful Scene 2, the second edition of the 100 Beautiful Cities in the world. I hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter and interact with the website to read more and write about your city of birth or your city of residence.

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In this Edition of 100 Beautiful Scene 2:

  • Timbuktu was Rich by Gold and Knowledge!

  • Best Timbuktu Documentary DVD: "The Ink Road"!

  • Myths or Mystics in Timbuktu?

  • Beauty and Philosophy of the Mud!

  • Beautiful Malian Pictures: Timbuktu!

  • Inspirational Quote: Wisdom of Love!

  • How to Join the Network to Interact with Your Friends?

Timbuktu was Rich by Gold and Knowledge!

Storytellers told far in the past of the richness of Timbuktu and the surrounding areas. They described the gold laying on the grounds ready for everybody to take.

Both storytellers and geographers like Ibn Battuta were buzz makers by the term of this age. They used the romantic notion indirectly encourages the venturous traders of that time to take numerous trips to Timbuktu in Mali Empire and along the way to west Africa to take away the immense wealth that was waiting for them.

However, the dreams of wealth faded away by the fourteenth century and many traders who made intrepid trips took salt back from the desert instead of gold. Nevertheless, the truth about the gold treasure of Timbuktu was real.

It made the importance of Timbuktu and the built the great Malian Empire with its storehouses of gold in addition to the treasure of the books and knowledge at that time.

It was obvious that after the fall of the Malian Empire due to foreign and interior conspiracies, the invaders from the surrounding areas robbed the empire its treasure.

Read more about Timbuktu here.

Best Timbuktu Documentary DVD: "The Ink Road"!

Timbuktu Educational Foundation presented the documentary film, "The Ink Road" as a second part of the series. In fifty-seven minutes, "The Ink Road" presents the spectacular story of the teaching methodology utilized by the scholars of the University of Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa.

The documentary goes starting from the making of the ink to the development of the scripts through many branches of knowledge. The historical footage re-enactments and remarkable exposition of art, architecture and interviews of African scholars recount the rise and the importance of the University of Timbuktu and its methodology of teaching.

The scholars and historians recognize the profound impact of this great learning center on the annals of world history with its reflection on many generations that attended studies in the region form the surrounding areas and even from far places in the world.

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Myths or Mystics in Timbuktu?

The mythical things are different from the mystical because the last concept in knowledge connects to the soul more than it connects to the mind. They have no mental logic other than to indulge in spiritual contemplation but not meditation in nature, as the meditation goes also through the mind.

Philosophically, this contemplating status accumulates through decades of learning in a spiritual or religious medium. Not far from such explanation, people live in a contemplating status in Timbuktu in Mali and other similar places to get the truth about life.

This is not the myth since the myth is not real and since this status of contemplation remains de facto in the social lives of some people who practise it. It makes their world a reality versus the myth that goes almost too conductive to unbelievable visionary acts.

Read more about Timbuktu here.

Beauty and Philosophy of the Mud Speaks!

The beauty and philosophy of the mud speaks in Timbuktu its own language, as if it derives its inspiration from the assimilated verses that depict the creation of man on earth. Such philosophy reflects the believed nature of man and the creation of humans from the molded mud.

Muslims use the same mud when they bury their dead to cover them. The mud reflects the spiritual medium for believers where they find comfort atmospheres to enjoy doing their spiritual duties indulging in the nature of the creation of life to reach the truth or to be more connected to it.

However, in deserted valleys or semi-arid valleys the buildings of mud are more comfort to inhabitants than building of cement and metals.

They reflect at the same time the simplicity of life and connect the people to each other in a medium that eliminates the differences of the economical sectors.

The social environment on this medium of west Africa is built of people coalesces to help each other because they thought to do so by their moral learning from the holy manuscripts of Quran. The philosophy of the mud amalgamates with this knowledge to enrich the social life.

Read more about Timbuktu here.

Beautiful Malian Pictures from Timbuktu!

Front View from Djenne Mud Mosque in Timbuktu, Mali
View from the Sahara in Mali
Timbuktu, Mali at Strom

Inspirational Quote: Wisdom of Love!

"There is no wisdom in tantalizing your sweetheart! However, its magic works on those who seek fast opportunities." Yours truly says ;-)

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