Who’s Afraid of Lebanon’s ‘al-Sa`eh Library’?

A sad state of affairs in Tripoli…

Arabic Literature (in English)

On Friday night, a historic bookshop in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli was burned, destroying thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of books and manuscripts. Today, salvage efforts have begun:

IMG-20140103-WA0018_490781_largeAlthough several news outlets were quoting an AFP report that “a pamphlet was discovered inside one of the books at the library that was insulting to Islam and the prophet Mohammad,” there was no apparent claim of responsibility and numerous denunciations.

According to NaharNet, this wasn’t the first time the place was targeted. The day before, “Bashir Hazzouri, an employee at the library, was shot and wounded on Thursday in the old souks of Tripoli.”

The library is run by the Greek Orthodox priest Father Ibrahim Srouj, and is apparently the largest in Tripoli and second-largest in Lebanon. According to library supporter Natheer Halawani, “The library has over 80,000 titles, not copies. The total amount of books exceeds…

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3 Responses to Who’s Afraid of Lebanon’s ‘al-Sa`eh Library’?

  1. andy1076 says:

    I don’t get the reason behind the attacks 😦 books offer wisdom and thoughts. It’s up to the reader whether or not to take it to heart is it not?

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