The race to save ancient Muslim manuscripts from the Muslims who want them destroyed

After Islamic extremists took control in 2012 of several major cities in Mali, a majority-Muslim nation in West Africa, it was soon clear that a millennium’s worth of classic Islamic manuscripts was in grave danger.

As half a million Malians fled the violence, secret plans were put in motion to spirit away the treasure trove of writings to safety. Fearing that the jihadists would destroy the scrolls, because they were bombing and burning other historical artifacts, a librarian organized something of a manuscript underground railroad: Reams of delicate parchment were transported on donkeys and skiffs on the Niger River, across the country to sanctuary.

  • DMB

    Who needs some ancient text to describe a mythological peaceful Islam which is likely to describe their pre Islamic civilization when we have the likes of David Cameron, Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau & the MSM to keep telling us that Islam is a “religion of peace”.

    • They are pillars of shit.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Sodom and Gomorrah
        Let the DJ play
        Cause we’re only gone tomorrah
        And here today

  • canminuteman

    I don’t care.

  • Joy Freiheit

    Note the faint grey writing underneath the fresher black text. The image shows a “palimpsest”. Such documents are valuable for studying the origins of the modern versions of the Qur’an, when the washed-out text is an earlier version of the Qur’an. Of course IS wants them destroyed, as the existence of that subset of palimpsests refutes their doctrine that there has only ever been a single “Qur’an” on Earth.

  • hktony

    No race to stop rapists but to help islam. What a joke. deport all muslims and liberals now!!!!!

  • All Islamic documents, including all copies of the Koran, should be wiped out from the face of planet Earth. It is better to forget Islam ever existed than to study it even as history. It is a doctrine of death and destruction, the end of human reason and freedom. It is evil without bounds.

  • Physics grad

    Islamic manuscripts should all be burned as part of a broader policy to exterminate Islam from the face of this planet.