What makes someone wish to burn their own cultural heritage? Mali's jihadists, retreating from advancing French and Malian troops, set fire to a modern library built to house and study the thousands of camel hide-bound books native to Timbuktu. The city's university was established before Oxford's founding, but now a radical faction of its people found fit to burn to the ground the storage site of a major period of intellectual inquiry and thought.
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Mali’s Jihadists Burn their Own History