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Sidi on Ancient University at Sankore Mosque
Gates talks with Islamic scholar Ali Ould Sidi at the Sankore Mosque, the heart of the extensive university system in 16th century Timbuktu. Here, Sidi tells of more than 25,000 students under a rigorous 10-year program of astronomy, medicine, mathematics and more.(Watch video...)

Sidi on Ancient Manuscripts
Gates accompanies Islamic Scholar Ali Ould Sidi to the home of Abd Al-Qadir Haidara, where he sees previously undocumented 400-year old manuscripts, perhaps the only remains of the black African world's intellectual achievement at Timbuktu. (Watch video...)

Modern-Day Slavery
At a market in Mopti, international merchant Oumar Cisse explains modern-day "slavery" between the Tuareg and Bella peoples in Mali. (Watch video...)

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