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1. There's a well-known saying in Mali that the country is "98% Muslim, 2% Christian and 100% animist", with Islam absorbing traditional practices and allowing people to retain connections with their customary spirituality – providing a formula for religious tolerance

The spread of the Islamic religion - Sankoré Madrasah, The University of Sankoré, or Sankore Masjid is one of three ancient centers of learning located in Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa.

The 15 Most Interesting Historical Sites In West Africa

The 15 Most Interesting Historical Sites In West Africa

Team of eight unbridled donkeys walk past a mud mosque laden with a load of gravel.

The Great Mosque of Djenne -  the first mosque on this site was built in the 13th century

The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali - This mosque composed of mud needs repair after monsoons hit the area every few months. Men climb onto the mosque's built-in scaffolding and ladders made of palm wood and smear the plaster over the face of the mosque.

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Great Mosque in Djenne, Mali, is the largest mud building in the world. Built in 1907 and is considered by many architects to be the greatest achievement of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style.

Great Mosque of Djenne. Mali Djenne, Mali. 1907

Great Mosque of Djenné, Djenne, Mali. The Great Mosque of Djenné is a large banco or adobe building that is considered by many architects to be one of the greatest achievements of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style.

Dogon Sirige Mask ~ Mali, Africa    Google Search

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