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Gingersnap
08-13-2009, 04:46 PM
Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book

PATRICIA COHEN
Published: August 12, 2009

It’s not all that surprising that Yale University Press would be wary of reprinting notoriously controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a forthcoming book. After all, when the 12 caricatures were first published by a Danish newspaper a few years ago and reprinted by other European publications, Muslims all over the world angrily protested, calling the images — which included one in which Muhammad wore a turban in the shape of a bomb — blasphemous. In the Middle East and Africa some rioted, burning and vandalizing embassies; others demanded a boycott of Danish goods; a few nations recalled their ambassadors from Denmark. In the end at least 200 people were killed.

So Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included, specifically, a drawing for a children’s book; an Ottoman print; and a sketch by the 19th-century artist Gustave Doré of Muhammad being tormented in Hell, an episode from Dante’s “Inferno” that has been depicted by Botticelli, Blake, Rodin and Dalí.

The book’s author, Jytte Klausen, a Danish-born professor of politics at Brandeis University, in Waltham, Mass., reluctantly accepted Yale University Press’s decision not to publish the cartoons. But she was disturbed by the withdrawal of the other representations of Muhammad. All of those images are widely available, Ms. Klausen said by telephone, adding that “Muslim friends, leaders and activists thought that the incident was misunderstood, so the cartoons needed to be reprinted so we could have a discussion about it.” The book is due out in November.

John Donatich, the director of Yale University Press, said by telephone that the decision was difficult, but the recommendation to withdraw the images, including the historical ones of Muhammad, was “overwhelming and unanimous.” The cartoons are freely available on the Internet and can be accurately described in words, Mr. Donatich said, so reprinting them could be interpreted easily as gratuitous.

Way to strike a blow for freedom of the press and classical liberal inquiry, Yale. :rolleyes:

NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/books/13book.html?_r=3)

PoliCon
08-13-2009, 04:51 PM
Time for Yalies to go on a Muhammad sticker campaign . . . .

Gingersnap
08-13-2009, 05:07 PM
Time for Yalies to go on a Muhammad sticker campaign . . . .

Like any student in one of these hothouse schools would ever have the guts to buck the status quo.

PoliCon
08-13-2009, 05:08 PM
Like any student in one of these hothouse schools would ever have the guts to buck the status quo.

OH come now - there's got to be a few :)

stsinner
08-13-2009, 05:16 PM
They don't want to be beheaded.. Cartoons are a very serious offense in the religion of peace.

Gingersnap
08-13-2009, 08:38 PM
This is getting some airplay now. I heard Mark Steyn talking about it. :)

AHeneen
08-28-2009, 12:00 AM
Boo hoo...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/75/Jyllands-Posten-pg3-article-in-Sept-30-2005-edition-of-KulturWeekend-entitled-Muhammeds-ansigt.png

stsinner
08-28-2009, 12:07 AM
Boo hoo...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/75/Jyllands-Posten-pg3-article-in-Sept-30-2005-edition-of-KulturWeekend-entitled-Muhammeds-ansigt.png

Wow.. where have you been... I'm 1500 posts in, and I've never seen your name... Lawdy... Welcome back.

FlaGator
08-28-2009, 06:32 AM
They don't want to be beheaded.. Cartoons are a very serious offense in the religion of peace.

It's worse than that. The students won't say anything because they don't want to endanger their chances of getting a Yale degree. :eek: