It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
In this Historia Compendiosa Dynastiarum he describes a certain "John Grammaticus" asking Amr for the "books in the royal library". Amr writes to Omar for instructions, and Omar replies: "If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them." Although the destruction of the Library by Extremist Muslims is widely debated today, you can decide for yourself on what you want to believe.
To some of the posters: Why do people just jump to name calling and belittlement rather than explaining in a rational way what they believe? Does calling someone ignorant somehow make you less ignorant? We would all be better served by teaching and removing a lack of knowledge, than we are by shouting down a poster with a question.**
So, allegedly, all the texts were destroyed by using them as tinder for the bathhouses of the city. Even then it was said to have taken six months to burn all the documents. But these details, from the Caliph's quote to the incredulous six months it supposedly took to burn all the books, weren't written down until 300 years after the fact. These facts condemning Omar were written by Bishop Gregory Bar Hebræus, a Christian who spent a great deal of time writing about Moslem atrocities without much historical documentation.
So who did burn the Library of Alexandria? Unfortunately most of the writers from Plutarch (who apparently blamed Caesar) to Edward Gibbons (a staunch atheist or deist who liked very much to blame Christians and blamed Theophilus) to Bishop Gregory (who was particularly anti-Moslem, blamed Omar) all had an axe to grind and consequently must be seen as biased. Probably everyone mentioned above had some hand in destroying some part of the Library's holdings. The collection may have ebbed and flowed as some documents were destroyed and others were added. For instance, Mark Antony was supposed to have given Cleopatra over 200,000 scrolls for the Library long after Julius Caesar is accused of burning it.
Originally posted by CasiusIgnoranze
reply to post by Zamini
I was just wondering about the possibility of events should the Muslim Brotherhood come to power. I'm not saying THEY WILL destroy the pyramids...
Originally posted by 200Plus
reply to post by Zamini
You are correct. We cannot teach a person that is anti-muslim. Just as we cannot teach a muslim apologist.
Apologists for Islam have defended the Quran using rationalist and empiricist arguments, and using cosmological arguments in an attempt to prove God's existence. Islamic apologists have also challenged both Jewish and Christian beliefs. The late South African Islamic apologist, Ahmed Deedat, was a prolific popular writer who debated Christian evangelists by arguing over discrepancies in the Bible.
Muslim apologists don't automatically condemn extreme Islamic ideology, like those within the Deobandi movements.