The Cartoons That Set the World on Fire

Muhammad is the bomb

When a person grows into the symbol of a greater cause, attacks against his or her character can discredit the cause that he or she represents. In 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, sparking riots in Muslim countries across the globe and even leading to the burning of the Danish embassy in Syria. Although the anger of the protesters was undoubtedly genuine, some of the riots appear to have been orchestrated by Islamic extremists in pursuit of their own agendas.


• S. Brent Plate, Blasphemy: Art That Offends (London 2006)
• Jytte Klausen, The Cartoons That Shook The World (New Haven, CT 2009)

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