I imagine for most this is a boring subject but there are a number of studies and sites that are an excellent source of understanding and give the facts on the Islamic book burning that has been done by many Islamist aggressors in the words histories and their libraries. I am addressing this since many in the media do not, seeking to pretend and defend Islam as a safe and peaceful religion which it and its’ teachings are not. I put excerpts here but the source is seen here. http://learnerpeaceworld.info/131BURNINGLIBRARIES2.htm and the excerpts of the book burning in Iraq are here as well. ….. http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/31/isis-burning-books-at-iraq-libraries-and-loading-artifacts-onto-refrigerated-trucks-at-night-residents-say/
ISIS burning books at Iraq libraries and loading artifacts onto refrigerated trucks at night, residents say
…and this has happened this week in Iraq February 2015…think about it…
National Post …..Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.
Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.
Since the Islamic State group seized a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, they have sought to purge society of everything that doesn’t conform to their violent interpretation of Islam. They already have destroyed many archaeological relics, deeming them pagan, and even Islamic sites considered idolatrous. Increasingly books are in the firing line……
A University of Mosul history professor, who spoke on condition he not be named because of his fear of the Islamic State group, said the extremists started wrecking the collections of other public libraries last month. He reported particularly heavy damage to the archives of a Sunni Muslim library, the library of the 265-year-old Latin Church and Monastery of the Dominican Fathers and the Mosul Museum Library with works dating back to 5000 BC……
Citing reports by the locals who live near these libraries, the professor added that the militants used to come during the night and carry the materials in refrigerated trucks with Syria-registered license plates. The fate of these old materials is still unknown, though the professor suggested some could be sold on the black market. In September, Iraqi and Syrian officials told the AP that the militants profited from the sale of ancient artifacts.
The professor said Islamic State group militants appeared determined to “change the face of this city … by erasing its iconic buildings and history.”
An Iraqi lawmaker, Hakim al-Zamili, said the Islamic State group “considers culture, civilization and science as their fierce enemies.”
Al-Zamili, who leads the parliament’s Security and Defence Committee, compared the Islamic State group to raiding medieval Mongols, who in 1258 ransacked Baghdad. Libraries’ ancient collections of works on history, medicine and astronomy were dumped into the Tigris River, purportedly turning the waters black from running ink.
“The only difference is that the Mongols threw the books in the Tigris River, while now Daesh is burning them,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. “Different method, but same mentality.”
What is below is but an excerpt of Mark Mulligan of a few of many peoples, religions and armies destroying the humans and libraries in their wake for world domination for their pitiful thoughts and ideas and as today this Mark Mulligan has written a massive composite of history of much evil that has gone on. I put his quote and his net address here. It is well done but it is difficult to read because like the children slaughtered by ISIS this week I have found it a weeping journey in my heart, living and sleeping.
In English : Escape from WeaponWorld
Why do my daydreams torment me with similar images of a ‘planet of screams’: this desolate Earth? Can’t we do better than that?
The Persians sacked Damascus in 614 and Jerusalem in 615, then again in 619. Vyadhapura, Hindu Funan capital of the first Khmer kingdom, was taken over by the Chenla in the 7th century.
The list of towns Muslims captured with varying degrees of destruction includes but is not limited to Pella, Damascus, Homs and Emesa in 635; Palmyra, Petra and the six sophisticated desert cities of the Nabateans, wiped out in 636. The Muslims took Ctesiphon in 637. They finally destroyed Persia’s official state religion, Zoroastrianism.“Umar wrote [to the local Muslim commander who had requested permission to distribute these books to his troops as booty]: ‘Throw them into the water. If what they contain is right guidance, God has given us better guidance. If it is error, God has protected us against it.’” The Muqadimmah: An Introduction to History, Franz Rosenthal, translator, Bollingen Series, Princeton University Press, 1967, p. 373.
The list goes on. Cyrene and Tripoli, which the Muslims took in 643; rebellious Alexandria again in 645 (ending its manuscript exchange once-and-for-all); Cyprus in 649; Rhodes in 654; Kabul in 664, 708 and 1504; Bokhara in 674 and 710; Samarkhand (where Chinese craftsmen taught Muslims the art of paper-making) in 676 and 711; Carthage in 698; Gibraltar, Lisbon (burned) and Toledo in 711; Samarkhand again in 712; Khwarizm, Ferghana, Tashkent and Kashgar in 713; Multan in 715; Lisbon in 717; Narbonne in 719; Seville in 721 (where the Western Gothic King Isidor’s library was destroyed); Carcassonne and Nimes in 726; Bordeaux (burned down) in 732; Derbent in 733; Samarkhand, once and for all, in 737 or 738. The Franks took Narbonne back from the Muslims in 759. Palermo, Sicily fell to them in 831, independent Capua in 840, Bari in 841. It would prosper as a Muslim stronghold until 1062 when the Pisans sacked it, then 1072 when the Normans took it and rebuilt it as their Sicilian capital.
In 846, a Muslim army from Cordoba sacked Leon; another sacked Rome and burnt St. Peters. In 878, Muslims conquered Syracuse. In 985, Muslims burned Barcelona and then Leon in 988. In 976 al-Mansur, the new regent for the child Caliph of Cordoba
“… proceeded to the library of al-Hakam [his father, the ex-Caliph], caused all the writings therein contained to be brought forth in the presence of a number of theologians and ordered these latter to put on one side, with the exception of medical texts and treatises on arithmetic, all those books dealing with the sciences of the ancients: logic, astronomy and other sciences cultivated by the Greeks. When these had been separated from all the books relating to lexicography, grammar, poetry, history, medicine, jurisprudence, traditions, in short those sciences recognized by the Andalusians, Ibn Abi ‘Amir commanded that the works treating of the ancient sciences should be burned. Some were in fact committed to the flames; others were flung into the palace moats, or buried, or destroyed in some other manner. Ibn Abi ‘Amir acted in this fashion in order to ingratiate himself with the people of al-Andalus and to discredit in their eyes the principles followed by al-Hakam. Indeed, these sciences were ill regarded by the older generation and criticized by the leading men. The majority of those then engaged in the study of philosophy lost their ardor and kept secret what they knew of these sciences, only cultivating openly the branches permitted them, such as arithmetic, the rules governing the partition of inheritances, medicine and the like.” Toynbee, Arnold, ed., Cities in History, McCraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1973, p. 177.
Around the year 999, the same year he murdered his brother, Mahmud of Ghazni destroyed the Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva at Somnath in Gujarat. Then he burned the famous library of the Fatimids in Bokhara. He may have advertised himself as a patron of the arts, but in reality he was just another two-bit religious fanatic. He built the Celestial Bride Mosque in Ghazni.
Christian Barcelona sacked Cordoba in 1010. Muslims raided Pisa in 1011: their last big raid into Italy. In 1013, Berber rebels seized and sacked Cordoba wracked by internal unrest. Al-Mansur’s palace and carefully censored library were destroyed. In 1071 Seljuk Turks took Jerusalem from the Fatimid Muslims, then they fought each other among its ruins.
On or just before the first weekend of 2012, during rioting between political protestors and the military, the Institute of Egypt was gutted during twelve hours of fire and then flooded by Cairo’s Fire Department. The next week, the remains of 192,000 books, journals and other writings were picked over by volunteers trying to salvage something from the wet ashes of that collapsed building. One of the five copies in existence of the 24-volume Description de l’Égypte, hand-written during Napoleon’s scientific expedition, was destroyed along with many irreplaceable texts on Egyptian culture and history.
Libyan Islamists destroyed a Sufi library in the Asmari Mosque as well as other shrines in Tripoli, Misrata and Zlitan in August 2012. In January, 2013, like-minded fanatics destroyed more mosques and shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. Thanks to the preservation efforts of heroic locals (Abdel Kaddel Haidara and many of the town’s leading families) with foreign support arranged by Stephanie Daikité, those religious thugs found “only” 4,000 manuscripts to destroy out of a scattered collection of 300,000 or more.
In January 2014, two thirds of a nearly 80,000 title library of irreplaceable Muslim and Christian manuscripts and books in Tripoly were put to the torch, based on a spurious accusation invented by religious Libyan fanatics.