Deja vu, via Vlad Tepes
History repeats itself:
” if what is in the library agrees with the contents of the Qur’an, then it is redundant. And, if the contents of the library do not agree with the Qur’an, then such contents are heretic. Burn it!”
Â In 640 AD the Moslems took the city of Alexandria. Upon learning of “a great library containing all the knowledge of the world” the conquering general supposedly asked Caliph Omar for instructions. The Caliph has been quoted as saying of the Library’s holdings, “they will either contradict the Koran, in which case they are heresy, or they will agree with it, so they are superfluous.” So, allegedly, all the texts were destroyed by using them as tinder for the bathhouses of the city.
Eyewitnesses were reported to have seen protestors throwing a Molotov cocktail at stone-throwingÂ soldiers atÂ the Shura Council building, but the projectile missed the intended target and instead landed in the Egyptian Scientific Institute.
The website of Youm7 newspaperÂ allegedÂ that a protestor was set on fire after trying to set the building on fire. No other source confirmed this news.
The institute is considered the oldest scientific institute in Egypt. It was established as L’Institute d’Egypte in August 1798 by Napoleon Bonaparte during the French invasion of Egypt. Its mission is to advance high quality research in various fields, ranging from biology and mathematics to fine arts and archaeology. Its library contains more than 200,000 books, including the original volumes of the “Description de l’Ã‰gypte” (Description of Egypt), begun in 1798 by French scientists in Egypt.
Professor Mahmoud al-Shernoby, the president of the institute, told state TV in a phone interview that the damage is a “great loss” to Egypt and that those “who caused this disaster showed be punished.”
But wait: there’s more Â from the ROP:
- Egypt Police Burn Medical Supplies, Arrest Doctors…
- Losing Equal Rights in Egypt–Â Nice article from an Egyptian woman who has good reason to fear the triumph of Islam in Egypt.