Books Burning Brightly

There are aspects of the religious right which are beyond my comprehension. Islamic radicals remain the great unknown for me. I assume that if one is a devout Muslim the past is important, if not holy to one’s  daily life. In the ancient city of Timbuktu which historically is considered a center of Islamic heritage, retreating Muslim insurgents burned a library which contained thousands of priceless ancient transcripts that date back over hundreds of years and contain a rich aspect of the history of their own religion.

The majority of these manuscripts were written in either African languages, Hebrew and included diverse topics ranging from astronomy, poetry, medicine and women issues.   How can one claim to worship Mohammed if one destroys manuscripts about his life and teachings??