In the year 642 the Arab armies led by Amr ibn al-Aas captured the city of Alexandria in Egypt. According to some reports, al-Aas wrote back to the Caliph Omar for instructions on what to do with the famous library. Omar wrote back that if the books agree with the Koran, al-Aas should destroy them as they are unnecessary, if they do not agree with the Koran, destroy them as they are blasphemous. It is not clear whether that story is true or not. Other reports have the library destroyed by a Christian mob, or by Julius Caesar. Whether it is true or not, it would seem that at least some of the increasingly powerful Islamists in Egypt wholeheartedly agree with the supposed sentiments of the Caliph Omar, as can be seen in this article in Israel Today.
On December 17, an Egyptian mob – presumably of the type that has been voting for the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Nour – demonstrated that they have no intention of “modernizing” or adopting Western-style pragmatism when they torched the Institute of Egypt in Cairo.
Among the casualties of the Islamist assault were some 192,000 rare books and manuscripts.
The Institute of Egypt was established by Napoleon Bonaparte when he invaded Egypt in the late 18th century. For centuries the Institute of Egypt housed priceless chronicles of the nation’s history, as well as the findings of hundreds of top scholars and scientists.
The Institute of Egypt symbolized Egypt’s connection to the West, and for many its establishment was the start of the “modern era” in Egypt. And that is why it had to go. Because Egypt’s Islamists have no intention of modernizing, not on Western terms, at any rate. Like the Ayatollahs in Iran and Hamas in Gaza, their ultimate goal is to return Egypt to a medieval form of life where a strict interpretation of Sharia Law governs the actions of all.
If the library was established by Napoleon, than the books probably don’t agree with the Koran.
Thanks to Jihad Watch for mentioning this.
- Muslim Brotherhood Gaining in Egypt (davidscommonplacebook.wordpress.com)
- Egypt’s cultural heritage is under attack as nearly 200,000 rare books and manuscripts go up in flames at the Egyptian Institute (barenakedislam.wordpress.com)
- If What’s in the Library Accords With the Koran, It Is Unnecessary. If It Conflicts With the Koran,… (pjmedia.com)