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CSUSB librarian writes on how Timbuktu flourished during the Golden Age of Islam
June 3, 2022
An article by Brent D. Singleton, a librarian in the John M. Pfau Library at CSUSB, was cited by History.com in a feature about the city of Timbuktu, located in the center of present-day Mali in Western Africa, which thrived as one of the bustling centers of culture and learning during the Golden Age of Islam.
Mosques and schools proliferated in Timbuktu, mirroring what was found in the other flourishing Islamic cities of Cairo and Mecca. In his article “African Bibliophiles: Books and Libraries in Medieval Timbuktu,” Singleton writes that “in Timbuktu, literacy and books transcended scholarly value and symbolized wealth, power, and baraka (blessings),” and that the acquisition of books specifically “is mentioned more often than any other display of wealth.”
Read the complete article at “How Timbuktu flourished during the Golden Age of Islam.”
Low number of anti-Asian hate crimes may reflect under-reporting, CSUSB professor says
June 6, 2022
Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, and the center’s work, were included in an article about the latest anti-Asian hate crime report for Chicago, and how the low reported number for the city may not reflect the true problem.
Data collected by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism from 21 major U.S. cities shows anti-Asian hate crimes spiked almost 224% overall from 2020 to 2021 with 114 reported incidents in 2020 to 369 last year, a number higher than any national FBI total since record-keeping began in 1991.
Chicago saw an increase from two to nine reported anti-Asian hate crimes between 2020 and 2021, with another two reported so far this year, according to data from the center. Los Angeles jumped from 15 reported anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020 to 41 in 2021, while New York City went from 30 in 2020 to 133 in 2021.
Though Chicago’s numbers are seemingly low, experts also cautioned that may not be a good thing. Most anti-Asian hate crimes are never reported to police, said Levin, a criminal justice professor.
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