“ISIL does not speak for Islam” — President Barack Obama asks Americans not to define acts of terror as a war between America and Islam

Excerpts from a rare White House Oval Office address delivered by President Barack Obama on Sunday, December 6, 2015. “the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim. If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion…

Islamgelehrter über den Terror: „Der Koran ändert sich nicht“— Cicero de (In German language–interview with Grand Imam of al-Azhar on terrorism, sectarian conflict and roll of al- Azhar)

Ahmad Mohammad al Tayyeb gilt als höchste religiöse Instanz im sunnitischen Islam. Was denkt er über den „Islamischen Staat“, über die Reform seiner Religion und die Schiiten? picture alliance Imam Ahmad Mohammad al Tayyeb und Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier im Mai in Kairo Herr Großimam, wie viel Autorität hat Ihre Al-Azhar-Universität noch? Ahmad Mohammad al Tayyeb:…

ISIS Burns Mosul Library in Iraq, Destroys Thousands of Valuable Manuscripts and Books —by Amira Al Hussaini on Global Voices online org

ISIS burns books from Al Mosul Library in Iraq. This photograph has been widely shared on social media. Original source unknown. In an act described as “cultural cleansing,” ISIS fighters unleashed their anger on thought, culture and history, burning thousands of rare manuscripts, documents and books, when they ransacked the Mosul Library, in Iraq. First…

Antiquities Scholar: Islamic State’s Destruction of Museum & Library is Cultural & Ethnic Cleansing — Democracy now video

Source: democracynow Published on 27 Feb 2015 http://democracynow.org – Video has surfaced showing militants from the Islamic State destroying ancient artifacts at a museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Men are seen toppling statues and using sledgehammers and drills to destroy the artifacts. The Guardian reports one of the statues destroyed was a winged-bull…