Bamiyan to Palmyra: modern Islamist iconoclasm in war

By Nils H. Korsvoll Figure 1: The Valley of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan from the air On the eve of the destruction of the monumental Buddha-statues carved into the rock-face in the Bamiyan Valley, to the north east of Kabul, then-leader of Afghanistan Mullah Muhammad Omar answered the international outcry against the demolition saying: ‘All …

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