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  1. Tom Kent
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    Nalanda was only one of many great temple-libraries that were destroyed in the Muslim invasion. There was Nagarjunakonda, where the 0 was invented, and others.
    The Tamil Tigers were not Hindu, but atheist, and they were not fighting for equality but in order not to lose the privileges they had enjoyed under the British. The French and British both imported non-Buddhist administrative classes into SE Asia and gave them privileges over the locals.

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  2. Brian
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    Monte Cassino, 1944.

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  3. Roy Fox
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    You missed one of the most barbarous acts of destruction during the Rape of Belgium by the Germans in August 1914 WW1. The destruction of the priceless collection of books, including 1000 incunabula, 730 medieval manuscripts any one the rival of the Book of Kells, all in all a total of 230,000 rare books in the deliberate reprisal burning of the library of the university of Leuvan. The Von Schlieffen Plan continued it’s destructive pathway through Belgium burning great libraries and on through the next generation into the distillate of evil in the Third Reich. Número uno for me!

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  4. ouiareborg
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    Royal Library in Lisbon in 1755 from earthquake and fire.

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  5. Ron Stuart
    Ron Stuart at |

    Bakhtiyar Khilji was Turkic in origin not Turkish! Big difference.

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  6. Johnny CumLately
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    A possible addition to this list would be the Library of Timbuktu.

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  7. Little_Sam
    Little_Sam at |

    I knew about the Library of Alexandria. (I think that should be higher by the way. That is just my opinion). I did not know about the Library at the University of Alabama. I am not surprised that it was destroyed during the Civil War. I was very surprised that the only book saved was an English translation of The Koran. Very interesting.

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