Among the Ruins Syria Past and Present and We Are Imazighen

Among the Ruins Syria Past and Present and We Are Imazighen

Contemporary Muslim World

Among the Ruins Syria Past and Present and We Are Imazighen
The Development of Algerian Berber Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

Author(s): Christian C. Sahner & Fazia Aïtel

Reviewed by: Anthony McRoy, London, UK

 

Review

At the time of writing, the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) has continued to outrage global opinion, most latterly with the destruction of ancient Assyrian statues on the dubious grounds that the latter are ‘idols’ and thus must be smashed – ignoring that in contemporary Iraq, nobody is actually worshipping such historical artefacts. Doubtless, IS will be engaging in the same tragic historical vandalism in neighbouring Syria. Other Islamist groups in Syria have been accused of similar offences. Of course, the crimes of IS go way beyond such ruinous actions – massacre, beheadings of innocent victims, burning a Jordanian pilot alive and the obscene rape of Yezidi girls through the re-introduction of slavery. How did a once-proudly secular and pluralistic nation such as Syria descend into such barbarism?


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