16 August 1993 Caliph Omar ordered the burning down of the Library in Alexandria, thus making doubly sure that if the Library contained something not written down in the Koran, it should be burned down for being in contradiction with Islam’s Holy Book, and that if the books contained something which had already been said […]

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