Omar on Reading

Either the books contain what is in the Koran, in which case we don’t have to read them, or they contain the opposite of what is in the Koran, in which case we must not read them.
Omar I, on the destruction of the Library of Alexandria

There is a lesson here. It’s left as an exercise for the reader.

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