Podcast Episode #1: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Gaby and Adam talk about the first 95 pages of our book club’s first book: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu written by Joshua Hammer. My impression from the first part of the book are scattered. The beginning is about Abdel Kader Haidara amassing a large collection of religious scholarship from a wide variety of Middle Easter countries. Part of the importance of his quest is to provide evidence that Islam is not a religion of hate. Haidara expresses that terrorists groups like the muhajadeen are interpreting the Koran incorrectly. 

After collecting manuscripts in the beginning, the book immediately starts a scattershot of Middle Eastern history. I feel like this book was a bit of a bait and switch because I am no longer reading about librarians and instead I am reading a historical account of Islamic terrorism. 

Luckily, I happen to have an interest in the Middle Eastern conflict. The book illuminated certain facts I that are actually quite startling. The author shows that almost all terrorist groups in the Middle East have been funded by America at one point in time. Historically they were used to fight off invaders, but now they are using the weapons and funds from the United States to further their terrorist agenda. 

Interested? Take a listen to our conversation:


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