WorldViews: The beautiful, historic shrines that Islamists try to destroy

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 26, 2014

News emerged this week that among their various outrages, Islamic State militants had destroyed the Tomb of Jonah in the city of Mosul, a biblical site holy to Christians and Muslims alike, which the jihadists "turned to dust," according to an Iraqi official. The militants espouse a radical, puritanical strain of Sunni Islam whereby all shrines or holy sites that honor beings lesser than their God are considered apostate.

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