THE ART NEWSPAPER | Robert Bevan:
Trial in The Hague of Islamic extremist reminds us that the destruction of built heritage and human life are often linked. Only an aesthete with a warped sense of priorities would put crimes against culture on a par with crimes against people. That dusty canard has resurfaced with the trial in The Hague of Al Faqi Al Mahdi for the destruction in 2012 of a mosque and nine of Timbuktu’s World Heritage Site-listed mud-built shrines… Read more.
Image: Ruins of the mausoleum of Muslim saint Alfa Moya in a cemetery in Timbuktu, which was destroyed by Islamic militants. Image: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images