The Cartoons That Shook the World

The Cartoons That Shook the World On September the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published twelve cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad Five months later thousands of Muslims inundated the newspaper with outpourings of anger

  • Title: The Cartoons That Shook the World
  • Author: Jytte Klausen
  • ISBN: 9780300124729
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published twelve cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad Five months later, thousands of Muslims inundated the newspaper with outpourings of anger and grief by phone, email, and fax from Asia to Europe Muslims took to the streets in protest This book is the first comprehensive investigation of the conflict that arouseOn September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published twelve cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad Five months later, thousands of Muslims inundated the newspaper with outpourings of anger and grief by phone, email, and fax from Asia to Europe Muslims took to the streets in protest This book is the first comprehensive investigation of the conflict that aroused impassioned debates around the world on freedom of expression, blasphemy, and the nature of modern Islam Jytte Klausen interviewed politicians in the Middle East, Muslim leaders in Europe, the Danish editors and cartoonists, and the Danish imam who started the controversy Following the winding trail of protests across the world, she deconstructs the arguments and motives that drove the escalation of the increasingly globalized conflict She concludes that the Muslim reaction to the cartoons was not as was commonly assumed a spontaneous emotional reaction arising out of the clash of Western and Islamic civilizations Rather it was orchestrated, first by those with vested interests in elections in Denmark and Egypt, and later by Islamic extremists seeking to destabilize governments in Pakistan, Lebanon, Libya, and Nigeria Klausen shows how the cartoon crisis was, therefore, ultimately a political conflict rather than a colossal cultural misunderstanding.

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    • Bill says:

      Though this is the definitive story of the Muhammad cartoon brouhaha, the fact that the cartoons were not included in the book (in fact they were taken out, censored) makes the book irrelevant, especially to future historians. I expect more from Yale University Press

    • Chris Mallows says:

      Committed to free expression? What nonsenseYale has acted cravenly over images of MuhammadOliver Kamm The Times London 28-Sept-09timesonline/tol/commA Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in September 2005. This seemingly innocuous decision preceded worldwide protests, death threats, trade boycotts and attacks on Danish embassies.An outstanding scholarly account of these events is published this week, entitled The Cartoons that Shook the World by Jytte [...]

    • Daniel Simmons says:

      This is a very sane and thankfully restrained overview and analysis of the Danish cartoons kerfluffle of 2005-06 -- events which found a more tragic echo in the killings at "Charlie Hebdo" earlier this month. Klausen even-handedly interviews people on all sides of this story: the editors at the Jyllands Posten newspaper, the cartoonists whose work sparked such outrage in the Muslim world, imams and Muslim leaders in Denmark and elsewhere, politicians and ministers who weighed in on (or absented [...]

    • Arjun Mishra says:

      The historical and scholarly analysis by Klausen, a Dane, is quite rich and useful. The main thesis is that the heated reactions to the Jyllands-Posten cartoons were not spontaneous "ordinary" protests, but rather that they were engineered by electoral politics in Egypt, North Africa, and across Muslim countries to give a certain party an edge. The thesis is compelling, though slightly dismissive of the organic protests that arose in certain countries. Unfortunately, the academic and keen analys [...]

    • J says:

      Really interesting lays everything out so that it's clear neither side had any clue where the other was coming from. Especially enjoyed Chapter 6, Muslim Iconoclasm and Christian Blasphemy, which explored the reality of images in Islam. Yale University Press loses points for declining to print both the cartoons and historical images depicting Islam and Muhammad. Check out "Muhammad: The Banned Images" by Gary Hull (Voltaire Press), though; it has all of it.

    • N says:

      I finally had to let this book go. It was moving too slow for me right now and I had to truly force myself to read it, so I'll keep it in my library for perhaps another day.I had hoped to use information from this book for my unit on political cartoons, satire, and parody, but it's just not going to work for me this year.

    • Neil Crocker says:

      Interesting background on those Danish newspaper cartoons that at least some Muslims did not appreciate. If you want to know the story, this is a good read. I found the whole thing a little weird and dull. BTW, he publisher cut the cartoons from the manuscript, so if you want to see them, you need to find them online.

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