>I am actually not sure why Antreas initiated this correspondence. The >destruction of the statues in Afghanistan is surely a sad episode in the >history of culture, but I do not think that it has any relevance to the >history of mathematics.
Well... today the Taliban paranoids destroy the Buddhist statues, tomorrow will prevent anything non-islamic (Buddhist/Brahmine/ etc) - For example: Buddhist mathematics ! Or have not seen that scenario in the past? (Recall "Jewish Mathematics" in Nazi Germany)