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Book about 12 Muhammad cartoons doesn’t include them

A new book entitled “The Cartoons That Shook the World” about the infamous 12 cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad will not include any of the 12 cartoons. Yale University Press consulted with “two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism” who all agreed that the cartoons should not be included.

Religion scholar and author Reza Aslan (“No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam”) calls the printing cowardice.

“This is an academic book for an academic audience by an academic press,” he continued. “There is no chance of this book having a global audience, let alone causing a global outcry.” He added, “It’s not just academic cowardice, it is just silly and unnecessary.”

Community Comments

#1 Tom Wood
August/13/2009
@ 5:34 pm

â??You can count on violence if any illustration of the prophet is published. It will cause riots, I predict, from Indonesia to Nigeria.â?

Um, isn’t this the real problem? The rest of the planet doesn’t behave like this, why do we have to put up with it?

Printing a book about the cartoons, without the cartoons in it, is indeed idiotic. Worse, it’s cowardly.

#2 Brian Fies
August/13/2009
@ 6:57 pm

No doubt Yale University Press’s upcoming releases include an analysis of the work of Ansel Adams with no photos, a compendium of the work of Einstein with no equations, and a study of Beethoven’s use of counterpoint with no musical scores or sound clips.

Especially for an academic book, to exclude the source material upon which the entire discussion is based is craven cowardice. It’s an embarrassment to Yale. Better to have not published it at all.

#3 Mike Rhode
August/13/2009
@ 7:15 pm

I agree completely with Brian on this one and I won’t be buying the book, as much as I’d like to read it, unless they fix it. I put a little post up last night about it – http://comicsdc.blogspot.com/2009/08/yale-to-publish-book-on-danish-islam.html

#4 Rich Diesslin
August/13/2009
@ 11:22 pm

I understand the decision, but don’t agree with it. It puts the book into the “why bother” category. Of course, how many newspaper articles were there on the same subject with no reprint of the cartoons? I’m guessing most of them.

#5 Ben Rankel
August/14/2009
@ 2:22 am

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh, God, that is funny.

#6 Henry Clausner
August/14/2009
@ 8:14 am

::::slapping my knee. are we on candid camera?

#7 Jeff Mahon
August/15/2009
@ 8:26 am

If that community wants tolerance and acceptance, then they need practice it themselves.

Really, what’s the use?

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