‘333 Saints’ is now a book

333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu­a photographic book in English and French by Fulbright Scholar Alexandra Huddleston–tells a story of discovery: exploring a rich and beautiful African intellectual culture.  The book takes the reader to a city that built its identity around a culture of scholarship and a love of books and learning.

Timbuktu, at the edge of the vast Sahara Desert, was little known in the West–except as a byword for the remote and exotic–until militant Islamist groups destroyed many of its religious shrines and ancient manuscripts in 2012.  This hauntingly beautiful book captures a way of life and learning as it was shortly before the militants overran the city.   These photographs depict a moment in time now almost gone, fading into history.  They show a culture of moderate Islam that is under threat: a deeply rooted, ancient Islamic tradition of tolerance, erudition, and faith.

Learn more about the book on the Kyoudai Press website: http://www.kyoudaipress.com/

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“333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu” successfully funded!

I am happy to announce that my planned photography book “333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu” has been successfully funded through a crowd-funding campaign at 122% of its funding goal.

Thank You! To everyone who has supported this project!

Books and prints can still be pre-ordered directly from me.

However, the Kickstarter limited editions and special incentives are only available to those who pledged through the Kickstarter site, or who contacted me with their interest before the end of the campaign.

To keep up-to-date on the book’s progress, check-out the Kyoudai Press Blog: http://kyoudaipress.wordpress.com/

Thank you again!!!  This has been a huge learning experience.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandra Huddleston

5 days to go…and 104% to the goal!!

Yes, that invisible line has been crossed!  Last night this campaign reached its funding goal, and we still have 5 days left!!!!  Today, I feel that my exclamation points are fully justified!

THANK YOU to all of you who are supporting this work!

 

If you just haven’t gotten around to checking-out the Kickstarter yet, there are now only 5 days to pledge!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/333-saints-a-life-of-scholarship-in-timbuktu-book?ref=city

Timbuktu slideshow in Zenith online

11 of my “333 Saints” photographs are currently featured in a beautiful slideshow in Zenith online.

 

Even if you don’t speak German, it’s worth checking out: http://www.zenithonline.de/deutsch/mediathek//artikel/der-verlorene-glanz-der-333-heiligen-003655/

 

And remember to support my book “333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu” http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/333-saints-a-life-of-scholarship-in-timbuktu-book

A huge Thank You for all the shout-outs and plugs for my Kickstarter!

Sent out into the world by eminent journalists to Grammy-Award winning musicians, I’ve gotten some great shout-outs this week on Twitter, Facebook, and various Blogs (in languages as varied as French and Japanese)!

I’ve tried to re-tweet/ share/ like all the ones that I could find, but if I missed yours, please do tell me.

Here are links to some of the blog posts (since they have a longer web half-life):

A Man With Tea

http://chaari.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/333-saints-photobook-kickstarter/

Kathleen Clark Exposed

http://kathleenclarkexposed.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/to-timbuktu-alexandra-huddleston/

Wild Dervish Writes: A Sufi Look At Life

http://ykrandall.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/333-saints-a-life-of-scholarship-under-threat-alexandra-huddleston/

Africa is a Country –Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Africa-is-A-Country/170912932979598?fref=ts

 

Keep spreading the word!!

And remember to support my book “333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu” http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/333-saints-a-life-of-scholarship-in-timbuktu-book

As part of Timbuktu’s weeklong Mawlid festivities, celebrants press their heads against the outer wall of the great mosque Djingarey-Ber and pray for their hopes in the coming year.  Mawlid -- a festival celebrating the birth of the Prophet – is a holiday characteristically associated with Sufi-influenced Islamic culture. (MARCH 30, 2007)

As part of Timbuktu’s weeklong Mawlid festivities, celebrants press their heads against the outer wall of the great mosque Djingarey-Ber and pray for their hopes in the coming year. Mawlid — a festival celebrating the birth of the Prophet – is a holiday characteristically associated with Sufi-influenced Islamic culture. (MARCH 30, 2007)

 

A week gone, 25 more days to go…

First, and above all else, I want to thank all of you who have pledged so far.

Each of your contributions is essential, and I deeply appreciate your support of my work.

Thank You!

If you haven’t pledged yet, you can find the Kickstarter site here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/333-saints-a-life-of-scholarship-in-timbuktu-book

I also want to share some news.

I am regularly posting short entertaining/ informative posts on two of my websites:

http://electiveaffinitiesphoto.wordpress.com/

http://kyoudaipress.wordpress.com/

Starting today I have begun a short series that is about the book-drafting process on http://kyoudaipress.wordpress.com/

The post you will find there is the first of what will be a three-part story.  Don’t worry.  It ends happily!  Last week I got my hardcover mock-up of the book’s (very close-to) final design.  It’s looking really great, and this perfectionist is actually satisfied with how it feels and flows!

I’m also really enjoying working with my two French translators.  They make an excellent team, and I’m learning nuances of the French language that I never knew before.

Thank you again, and spread the word!

Sincerely,

Alexandra

 

Sample Tweet:

Check out this hauntingly beautiful photography book “333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu” http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/333-saints-a-life-of-scholarship-in-timbuktu-book