By Jytte Klausen
On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten released twelve cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. 5 months later, hundreds of thousands of Muslims inundated the newspaper with outpourings of anger and grief via telephone, electronic mail, and fax; from Asia to Europe Muslims took to the streets in protest. This booklet is the 1st accomplished research of the clash that aroused impassioned debates around the globe on freedom of expression, blasphemy, and the character of contemporary Islam.
Jytte Klausen interviewed politicians within the center East, Muslim leaders in Europe, the Danish editors and cartoonists, and the Danish imam who begun the talk. Following the winding path of protests the world over, she deconstructs the arguments and factors that drove the escalation of the more and more globalized clash. She concludes that the Muslim response to the cartoons used to be not—as used to be generally assumed—a spontaneous emotional response coming up out of the conflict of Western and Islamic civilizations. particularly it used to be orchestrated, first by way of people with vested pursuits in elections in Denmark and Egypt, and later by way of Islamic extremists trying to destabilize governments in Pakistan, Lebanon, Libya, and Nigeria. Klausen exhibits how the sketch problem used to be, consequently, finally a political clash instead of a enormous cultural misunderstanding.