Chinguetti is a historical town located in Mauritania, West Africa. It was a center of Islamic learning and scholarship during the medieval period, particularly from the 13th to 16th century CE. Chinguetti was an important stop along the trans-Saharan trade route, which allowed for the exchange of ideas, goods, and knowledge between West Africa and the wider Muslim world.
Chinguetti is known for its ancient libraries and manuscript collections, which contain valuable works on subjects such as Islamic law, theology, history, and literature. These manuscripts were written in Arabic and provide insight into the intellectual and cultural life of the region during the medieval period.
Today, Chinguetti is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is visited by scholars and tourists interested in exploring its rich Islamic history and cultural heritage.