Islamic State destruction of Historical Sites

Since the Islamic State’s rise in Iraq and Syria we have continued to see the destruction or churches, shrines, mosques and historical sites.  There are multiple articles online documenting some of the destruction.

My question to my classmates is this: Are these acts of destruction pure madness, or is there method to the madness? What is goal/purpose is attained in destroying these sites, and has this been done before by other religious institutions/groups in the past?

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2 responses to “Islamic State destruction of Historical Sites

  1. I want to shed the light on the destruction of ruins in Iraq and Syria, were this is an act of destroying a whole history because the only things that remind us about these civilizations are the monuments and ruins and historical sites, when these sites are destroyed people will stop giving too much attention to them and will forget them and their teachings with time. Another thing you asked about is if this has happened before and it definitly did in the years 350 BCE and 63 CE (i am not so sure about the dates but approximatly) by the destruction of the first and the second temple respectively for the Jews.

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  2. The Islamic State’s rise in Iraq and Syria has bought forth the continuous destruction of churches, shrines, mosques and historical sites. This is to some extend due to their violent nature of the Islamic State. These destructions are seen as pure madness but indeed there is a method to the madness. As by doing these destruction it creates publicity for the Islamic State movement and furthermore spreading their message and attracting other isolated and people that feel ostracized from society. With this, it’s also said that “ISIS is trying to destroy the links between peoples and their land…they want to write a new history in their own vision” – Zainab Bahrani.

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