19th century academicians and other writers, anxious to deride the Christian civilization that had provided them with a place to ply their trades free of oppression but not quite ready for outright atheism, had taken to painting the most romantic of pictures Islamic rule. It was in that century that the now-obviously indefensible myth of the Golden Age of Spain* was forged with the determination of a Michelangelo chiseling away at a block of marble.
Christians were the enemy, despite the massive amounts of pagan literature that was preserved by them, portrayed solely as destroyers of anything pre-Christian, particularly in regards to the Classical world. No one disputes that pagan temples were destroyed once Christianity was no longer cause for persecution, but the amount of great architectural works, pagan cultural practices, and literature that what was not destroyed (and in many cases later utilized), so far surpasses what remains in Muslim-majority regions as to be fully beyond comparison.
The Copts of Egypt believe that the Library of Alexandria was destroyed by order from the Caliph, whi in true Islamic form made the following remark:
"......A victim of many fires and other acts of destruction through the centuries, the final act for what was left of the Library of Alexandria is believed by many to have occurred at the time of the fall of Egypt to the armies of Islam. Left-leaning members of Academia, desirous of maintaining the picture of an Islam that fostered literature and the sciences, have buried the following quote attributed to the Caliph Omar after being asked what to do about the books in the Library;....."
"Lebanon: Muslims torch library after pamphlet found "insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammad"
And another thing: the offending pamphlet was "discovered" inside one of the 80,000 books in the library. How exactly did that happen? Did one of the Muslims who destroyed the library walk in, pick up a book, and lo and behold, discover a pamphlet insulting Islam and Muhammad inside it? What a remarkable coincidence, even if he opened five, or ten, or fifty, or a hundred, or five hundred books, that he would have found that pamphlet within one of those 80,000 volumes. It seems more likely that the pamphlet was planted as pretext to burn the library and terrorize the Christians.
"Assailants torch decades-old library in north Lebanon," from AFP, January 4 (thanks to Block Ness):
“Unknown assailants torched the Saeh Library in Tripoli, destroying two thirds of some 80,000 books and manuscripts housed there,” said the source, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.
The attack came a day after “a pamphlet was discovered inside one of the books at the library that was insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammad [PBUH],” said the source.
“After that, the library owner, Father Ebrahim Surouj, met with Islamic leaders in Tripoli. It became clear the priest had nothing to do with the pamphlet, and a demonstration that had been planned in protest over the incident was called off,” said the source....."