#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, February 20th, 2014 14:27
#2 By: teapot, February 21st, 2014 00:38
Fundamentalist asswipes: 0
FTA- They included an 1853 letter from Sheik al-Bakkay al-Kounti, a spiritual leader in Timbuktu, beseeching the reigning sultan to spare the life of the German explorer Heinrich Barth. The sultan had barred all non-Muslims from the city under penalty of death, but al-Kounti’s eloquent plea persuaded him to release Barth unharmed. “The manuscripts show that Islam is a religion of tolerance,”
Um, wat? Islam was the reason the sultan barred all non-muslims in the first place.
#3 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, February 25th, 2014 14:27
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