By Lucien X. Polastron
"A ancient survey of the destruction of data from historic Babylon and China to trendy times"--Provided by way of publisher.
In the cradle of the libraries --
The papyrus quarter --
Islam of the 1st days --
People of the e-book --
Asia earlier than the 20th century --
The Christian West --
The new biblioclasts --
Peace damages --
An embarrassment of modernity --
Flameproof wisdom --
Epilogue: go back to Alexandria.
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But then the incompetent Basiliscus usurped the throne for several troubled months, during which time direct political action was invented and after which a prodigious fire turned into a pile of ashes this collection that included, as some claim, a Homer in gold letters on a twelve-foot snakeskin. A nobody named Tarasicodissa became emperor, known by the name Zeno. After he was driven away, he returned and made the library operational again. saurian. During his reign, iconoclasm came into existence and imagery was banned in the land of icons and mosaics between 721 and 841.
To cut short the hair-splitting and backbiting, Uthman charged Muhammad's own secretary with the task of carefully supervising a copy of the Holy Book and then copies of the copy that would be imposed on all Muslim cities, such as Kufa, Basra, and Damascus, and all the existing books in such places would be seized and immediately consigned to the flames. This was in fact done, albeit with great difficulty. " The dispute grew more acrimonious between the partisans and adversaries of Caliph Uthman's official version of the Qur'an.
At least, this is what his official chronicler Critobulus asserts. ] THREE ISLAM OF THE FIRST DAYS -----1----Heavens, what a pile! Whole ages perish there, And one bright blaze turns learning into air. ALEXANDER PoPE, THE DuNCIAD The man who made Islam was named Omar, or Umar, pronounced with a slight swallowing of the glottis to keep it closer to the tongue. Without his political genius, the Muslim religion would never have had more than a local audience and the Arab-against-Arab struggles would have suffocated at birth one of the world's most powerful civilizations.