Posted By Levi
January 30th, 2013 7:41pm
One of the most horrifying things about some segments of Muslim extremists is the deep seated hatred they hold for cultural and historical artifacts. As a student of history, I find this extremely appalling.
One such extremist group is the Taliban who ruled Afghanistan until the American invasion in October of 2001. In March of that year, the Taliban blew to pieces two of the world’s most famous statues of the Buddha. They were revered by Buddhists all over the world. These two 6th century monumental statues of the Buddha were carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in Afghanistan. They had stood there for over 1500 years despite the many invasions of Afghanistan by various nations. The Taliban destroyed them because they claimed the statues were idols and therefore un-Islamic.
Now in the African nation of Mali, Muslims extremists of the Taliban type seized the northern part of the country and imposed their harsh laws on the local population. Over the last few days, French forces along with the Malian army have pushed back against them. As they retreated, the extremists have destroyed some of Mali’s most historical treasures.
“As Islamist insurgents retreated from Timbuktu, they set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts — some dating back to the thirteenth century. They also destroyed statues and temples in the name of Allah.
French troops joined the Malian army in liberating the town but found these amazing manuscripts in ashes. These works survived for centuries and had been hidden during prior wars to preserve the history of the area, including ancient works describing astronomy, poetry, music, medicine and women’s rights. The oldest dated from 1204. These included the golden era in Timbuktu — an explosion of intellectual work in the 14th and 15th century.
The Muslim militants also burned temples and statues in their intolerance for any work or writing not based on the Koran and their extreme religious views.”
Of course, this extremist interpretation of Islam is not shared by the vast majority of Muslims.