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"From the Ted Talk by Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa"

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And on his ______, Mansa Musa memorialized his journey by ________ a mosque at the heart of his ______. And the legacy of what he left behind, Timbuktu, it represents one of the great bodies of written historical material produced by _______ scholars: about 700,000 medieval _________, ranging from scholarly works to letters, which have been preserved often by private households. And at its peak, in the 15th and 16th centuries, the __________ there was as influential as any educational establishment in Europe, __________ about 25,000 students. This was in a city of around 100,000 people. It cemented Timbuktu as a world center of learning. But this was a very particular kind of learning that was focused and driven by _____.

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  8. building

Original Text

And on his return, Mansa Musa memorialized his journey by building a mosque at the heart of his empire. And the legacy of what he left behind, Timbuktu, it represents one of the great bodies of written historical material produced by African scholars: about 700,000 medieval documents, ranging from scholarly works to letters, which have been preserved often by private households. And at its peak, in the 15th and 16th centuries, the university there was as influential as any educational establishment in Europe, attracting about 25,000 students. This was in a city of around 100,000 people. It cemented Timbuktu as a world center of learning. But this was a very particular kind of learning that was focused and driven by Islam.

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