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Monday, September 24, 2012

Dhimmis in France open 'Islamic wing' of Louvre

I must admit that when Mrs. Carl and I spent about a week in Paris 14 years ago (and when I spent about a week there in the summer of 1980 before we met), I was much more interested in the Quay d'Orsay than I was in the Louvre. Now, that interest is confirmed - probably permanently. The Louvre has opened a new 'Islamic art wing' and the initial reports reek of dhimmitude (Hat Tip: Jack W).
Costing nearly 100 million euros ($131 million), it is funded by the French government and supported by handsome endowments from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and Azerbaijan.
About 3,000 precious works from the seventh to the 19th centuries are spread across 3,000 square metres (33,000 square feet) over two levels of the former palace.
Inaugurated by President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, the new wing holds 18,000 treasures from an area stretching from Europe to India and includes the oldest love letter in the Islamic world.
Denise Spacensky, one of the first visitors Saturday, said the opening came at an opportune time "with everything that is happening in the world", stressing that the exhibits show "Islam as a refined, peaceful civilisation".
"I hope it will open Westerners' minds to the passionate past of Islamic civilisation, but also to the complex of Muslims who believe they are not understood," said the retired teacher of Chinese art.
France is home to at least four million Muslims and leaders of the community say incidents of Islamophobia are on the rise against a background of confrontation with the authorities and rising suspicion of Muslims.
 Just think how many 'starving' Gazans could be fed with all that money. Feh. 

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At 1:10 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

So it is not good enough that they have a whole museum dedicated to islamic stuff - or rather things the arabs stole from previous cultures, they have to take over Louvre. That has to be a metaphor for France.
http://www.imarabe.org/ Institute for the arab world; who needs it!!

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Well let's hope the French handout torches so they can burn it down in orderly fashion. Say what you will about the French, they are experts at crowd control.


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