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To embrace a woman is to embrace a sack of manure.
[The disestablishment of religion] may not have been such a
Kalif Omar Did Not Say This:
Catholic Encyclopedia: Story Greatly Discredited
"This story is now generally discredited, chiefly because it rests only on the authority of Abulpharagius, a writer six centuries later, while earlier writers,
especially Eutychius and Elmacin, make no mention of it. Besides, the act is contrary to Mohammedan custom; John Philoponos lived about a century before the capture of the city, and the statement of the time the rolls lasted as fuel is preposterous.
Finally, there is the evidence given above for the earlier destruction of the library."
Abbas: Could Not Have Been a Book Burner
"[A]ctually, even common sense might tell someone Caliph Umar I could not have been a book-burner given that the ancient knowledge
of the Greeks and other cultures actually survived and kindled Europe's Renaissance because it was translated into and preserved in Arabic whereby it passed into Europe through the great learning centres, libraries and universities, of Muslim Spain ruled,
incidentally, by the Umayyad dynasty."
Lloyd-Jones: Testimony to Enduring Power of Myth