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By Jytte Klausen

On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten released twelve cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. 5 months later, hundreds of thousands of Muslims inundated the newspaper with outpourings of anger and grief by way of mobilephone, electronic mail, and fax; from Asia to Europe Muslims took to the streets in protest. This booklet is the 1st accomplished research of the clash that aroused impassioned debates around the globe on freedom of expression, blasphemy, and the character of contemporary Islam.

 

Jytte Klausen interviewed politicians within the heart East, Muslim leaders in Europe, the Danish editors and cartoonists, and the Danish imam who begun the talk. Following the winding path of protests the world over, she deconstructs the arguments and factors that drove the escalation of the more and more globalized clash. She concludes that the Muslim response to the cartoons used to be not—as was once typically assumed—a spontaneous emotional response coming up out of the conflict of Western and Islamic civilizations. quite it was once orchestrated, first by means of people with vested pursuits in elections in Denmark and Egypt, and later by way of Islamic extremists looking to destabilize governments in Pakistan, Lebanon, Libya, and Nigeria. Klausen exhibits how the sketch main issue was once, consequently, finally a political clash instead of a vast cultural misunderstanding.

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My spouse says that if a wealthy sheikh desires to purchase it for ten million funds to burn it in Mecca, that’s ok, too. ’’ I met Westergaard on a trip to Jyllands-Posten’s o≈ces in Århus in October 2007. i discussed that I was hoping to reprint the cartoons and confessed that I had no funds to pay for the privilege. That acquired Westergaard began on how cartoonists and illustrators are the proletariat of the publishing global. He used to be basically half-joking. Cartoonists, based on Westergaard, are the blue-collar staff of the highbrow construction chain. Editors and writers around the globe have filled their pages with tales concerning the cartoons yet have by no means paid the artists. We—writers and publishers and politicians—sponge o√ the cartoonists by way of taking their paintings and extracting ‘‘surplus value’’ from them once we get the credits and the pay for writing approximately them. All he received out of the whole lot was once 8 hundred Danish crowns, that's what Jyllands-Posten paid for the unique comic strip. I conceded that he had some extent. The cartoonists in this case loved a few restitution. Ten of the unique drawings were positioned within the Royal Danish Library for use by way of students basically, and Jyllands-Posten has donated its files, containing the entire threatening emails and faxed loss of life threats and lots of, many letters to the editors, to Denmark’s media museum. In may well 2008, JyllandsPosten’s charitable beginning offered each one cartoonist a stipend worthy approximately 10000 cash. Westergaard has retained the rights to his drawing. In April 2009, Westergaard and a pal began to promote numbered reproductions of the sketch, which they likened in significance to the Mona Lisa. The receipts visit a charitable association that promotes freedom of the clicking. Rose advised me he was once upset that the recent York occasions and the Washington submit didn't reprint the cartoons, simply because, he says, as soon as humans see them, they see that they're now not as undesirable as their attractiveness might point out. ≤≠ In gaining knowledge of this e-book, I carried alongside to my interviews with Muslim leaders and diplomats a replica of a file produced by means of the protesting Danish imams with the cartoons and different fabric that they had integrated the editors and the cartoonists 27 to rfile their proceedings. (The file and its function during this tale are defined intimately later. ) My goal was once to find out who had visible the file, yet wearing the file round additionally gave me a chance to find the objections to the cartoons. In my event, Muslims commonly say they're extra a√ronted once they see the entire cartoons than they have been once they have been following a second-hand dialogue within the media insurance. Muslims—irrespective of spiritual convictions—react to what they understand within the cartoons as a tone of irascible contempt. Rose’s statement concerning the cartoons ‘‘not being as bad’’ if you see them as they seemed within the newspaper is perhaps actual with regards to non-Muslims, who are inclined to ask yourself what the fuss used to be approximately when they see them absolutely. nonetheless, Rose is true that the overseas media’s perform of partly reprinting the cartoons harm Jyllands-Posten’s reason.

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