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The Jyllands-Posten Cartoons
The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten created the furor over depictions of Mohammed by publishing a series of 12 drawings after a local author said he was unable to find any artist willing to depict Mohammed for his upcoming illustrated book. The publication of the images in Jyllands-Posten has been condemned around the Islamic world, and has led to the burning of embassies and a boycott of Denmark by Muslim nations.
Here are the Jyllands-Posten drawings, for the record. Each image is an individual jpeg file, courtesy of the Face of Muhammed site. (If you would like to have one jpeg containing all 12 images together, click here.) Scroll down below the 12 original cartoon images on this page to find additional information about the fake Mohammed images distributed in the Middle East to incite outrage, and a detailed follow-up on the illustrated book that started the fuss:
This is what the original Jyllands-Posten page looked like. Notice that there were only 12 cartoons.
(Hat tip: Joanna.)
As seen here, on May 28, 2006, the left-wing Danish newspaper Politiken also reprinted the cartoons, thinking themselves immune to attacks from Muslims because they reprinted the cartoons only for the purpose of criticizing them. Politiken has had a grudge against Jyllands-Posten ever since the cartoon scandal broke.
(Hat tip: SpartacusDk.)
The Fake Cartoons
Yet when a delegation of Danish imams went to the Middle East to "discuss" the issue of the cartoons with senior officials and prominent Islamic scholars, the imams openly distributed a booklet that showed many more images -- not only the original 12 cartoons (and, oddly, some other unrelated satirical images clipped from newspapers), but three fraudulent anti-Mohammed depictions that were much more offensive than the ones published in Denmark. A complete, full-color reproduction of the entire booklet can be downloaded as a 12mb PDF file at this URL (linked to from this Danish newspaper site -- at the bottom where it says "Islamisk Trossamfunds mappe [PDF]"). (Hat tip: Martin.) It is now thought that these three bonus images are what ignited the outrage in the Muslim world. The newspaper Ekstra Bladet also obtained a copy of the booklet and presented the three offensive images on its Web site (though not in an easy-to-find place). (This Web site also has all 43 pages of the booklet available for download. Wikipedia currently has a page that not only shows each page, but has a translation of the Danish and Arabic text in the booklet as well.) The fake images all look like low-quality photocopies. Here they are:
(Hat tip: Gerry, Martin H., and rfs.)
Mohammed with a pig snout, singing into a microphone.
Neander News discovered that this fraudulent image of "Mohammed" was actually just a bad photocopy of an AP news photo from last year showing French comedian Jacques Barrot competing in a pig-squealing contest while wearing a rubber pig nose. The Danish imams passed it off as a blasphemous image of Mohammed for the purpose of stirring up resentment and anger.
(Hat tip: Archive readers.)
The caption says in Arabic, "This is why Muslims pray."
(Hat tip: Daniel and Ken.)
A sketch of Mohammed as a demonic pedophile.
While people across the Middle East are rioting over the publication of the 12 cartoons in European papers, no one seems to have minded that the cartoons were printed last fall in an Egyptian paper as well.
So far, 143 newspapers around the world have published the Danish cartoons. You can see a full list of them at the Danish news site eJour. (Hat tip: foreign devil.)
An English transcript of an interview with Kurt Westergaard (the artist who drew the most famous of the 12 cartoons, showing Mohammed with a bomb in his turban) can be found on the "Tabooh" blog site (though it currently seems to be offline); the interview also includes Kasem Said Ahmad, one of the Danish imams who traveled to the Middle East to stir up anger about the cartoons. During the interview, Westergaard refuses to apologize for freedom of speech, saying he would do it all over again if given a chance; then Ahmad becomes furious and tries to end the interview and stop the camera crew from filming. You can download the entire Danish-language video (88mb QuickTime file) by right-clicking (Windows) or control-clocking (Mac) here.
The entire controversy started when Danish author Kåre Bluitgen complained that he could not find an artist brave enought to illustrate his upcoming book about Mohammed. The newspaper Jyllands-Posten issued a call for submissions from any artists willing to take up the challenge. In the ensuing brouhaha, the original book was almost forgotten; it has now been released, and does feature page after page of Mohammed depictions. This site features scans of several of the pages (hat tip: nord, Rune, Kim and Mikkel.), as does the "Face of Mohammed" blog, and the WikiIslam page. (This Danish blog also has some information about the release of the book.) The images below are sample pages taken from the book (titled Koranen og profeten Muhammeds liv, or The Koran and the life of the prophet Mohammed in English), which overall features dozens of drawings of Mohammed. The artist created the illustrations on one condition only: that he remain anonymous.
The cover, showing Mohammed riding on Buraq, his magical flying animal.
Mohammed in a cave seeing an apparition of the Angel Gabriel.
Mohammed converting seven Arabian demons to Islam.
Mohammed and his child-bride Aisha.
Angels helping Mohammed and his followers in battle.
A tribe of Jews being massacred on Mohammed's orders.
Mohammed "looking for loot" in the desert.
Mohammed destroying the pagan idols in Mecca.
Muslims in battle against infidels. (It's not clear which person in this drawing is Mohammed.)
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