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Reason as the Leading Motive

Describing the Muhammad Cartoons

Posted by Jerry on February 8, 2006

This is a great article in the BBC that seeks to explain the context that gave rise to this whole Muhammad cartoon fiasco. It also gives some interesting interpretations of the artists’ message in those cartoons.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The paper chose as its central image a visual joke about the Prophet among other turban-wearing figures in a police line-up and the witness saying: “I don’t know which one he is”.
It is presumably an ironic appeal for calm over the issue, the suggestion being that, if a Danish illustrator were to portray the Prophet, it is not known what he looks like and therefore a harmless gesture. “



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