Archive for June 22nd, 2014

22/06/2014

trafficking of antiquities (manuscripts) from ISIS-held Mosul to Turkey

On the 18th of June, the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities stated that it was ‘following the news of smuggling unique and rare manuscripts from Mosul to Turkey’, including ‘a rare Quran that dates back to the Abbasside Period’, since ISIS’s conquest of the city.(1) It sounded as if the manuscripts had already been smuggled into Turkey (and it still sounds as if they have).

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22/06/2014

ISIS has not destroyed Mosul’s statue of Arab poet Abu Tammam (at least, on the available evidence, it has not)

It has been reported that ‘ISIS destroyed statue of Arab poet Abu Tammam in Mosul’. Amongst others, people are sharing a pair of photos of the process of the demolition of a ‘Symbol of Shirk [polytheism]’ (somewhat ironically, since the Christian-Muslim convert was a foundational figure in jihad poetry), and a pair of photos that show the ‘statue of the famous [Abbasid] Arab poet Abu Tamam in #Mosul #Iraq before and after the reign of #ISIS’ (or, to be precise, after and before).

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