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Caricatures of Muhammad

In regards to Jyllands-Posten publishing caricatures of Muhammad, I think that:

  • They should not have published them because a violent reaction was an obvious outcome

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May 29, 2009
Half a decade old, but it's still a very inflammatory topic in some places.

What are your opinions on the caricatures being published in the first place, the response from areas in the Muslim world and the response to Muslim reactions from various western sources be it apologetic or defensive.
They should be flattered, people used to not care enough to do that. There are caricatures of Jesus, of Buddha, of practically anybody influential enough to deserve ridicule. All such cult systems are based on worshiping a hero, so all heroes must be denounced, eventually, in order for people to finally realize we don't need heroes anymore. It will take some time.
The point you make about the caricatures of other religious figures is bang on.

Ireland frees three cartoonist plot suspects

Police in the Irish Republic have released three of seven people detained over an alleged plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist.

They were freed without charge after three-and-a-half days of questioning.
The trio had been held on suspicion of planning to kill Lars Vilks over a cartoon he drew depicting the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog.
The drawing was used in a Swedish newspaper in 2007 to illustrate an editorial on freedom of expression.
Two women and one man, who were among those arrested in Waterford and Cork, were released on Friday night.

In Islam, I thought the whole point of not having pictures or statues of Muhammad was to take the worship away from him, because only God deserves the praise/worship/idolism.

If that is the case, then it seems as though some people are confusing the idea in Islam. Especially considering how common the name Muhammad is.
If some group of people want to hate, then they'll see insults in all sorts of things. Whatever it takes to fuel their fire.
From what i have heard muslims arent supposed to depict anyone artisiticly and that is why they use architecture as their creative outlet.
I think the elephant in the room is immigration

How do you harmonise areas which have people of different cultures/belief systems?

Hostility towards immigrants....will it help integrate them or will it make them angry and more isolated?
I dont think you can harmonize cultures without creating a new culture that both groups will have to settle on.
Its common in Muslim art to not depict humans at all and focus on the divine. This is a time issue as Muslim religion has very little tolerance for modernism.
A free society demands free speech. If a culture, country, society doesn't like it, tough.
I'm not sure islam is any less able to adapt to modernity than any other religion

I think it depends on how literal people want to get with their chosen 'message'

Perhaps instead of saying this is the literal word of god from the mouth of such and such prophet, perhaps people need to look at the spirit in which the prophet intended their message

For example, Mohammed was creating a message which fitted with his time. This was centuries ago and as we can all plainly see, things change

Islam has messages of peace and tolerance within it just as christianity has. This seems to be the spirit in which many prophets, as enlightened people, intend their message to be.

If people focus too much on taking things at face value (literal fundamentalism) then you are going to have all sorts of problems. If people look at the example set by a prophet and the spirit in which they intended their message then i think there can be some very useful insights and perhaps some valid ideas about how we should live our lives

There are fundamentalist christians just as there are fundalmentalist muslims and there are christians who live their life in a spirit of peace and tolerance, just as there are muslims who do the same.
The artist had the right to draw this cartoon, and the muslims have the right to be upset. Seriously what did cartoonist expect to happen, for the muslims to send him cards saying this is a realy great picture.
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I agree that free speech is important in a free society

I would argue our society is perhaps not as free as we would like to think it is, but that would be going off on a tangent

I wonder though, in a pragmatic way, whether going on the offensive against Islam is the best way of dealing with the cultural contrasts (as well as all the political baggage due to the conflict over oil and over palestine)

Perhaps it is tough love, or perhaps it will encourage more division and violence
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I did not vote

They had every right to and the non violent reactions were justified.
I'm not sure islam is any less able to adapt to modernity than any other religion

My understanding is that there is no doubt to the orthodox Muslim that the Quran is the word of god, the only true word of god, and there will never be another prophet to provide further clarification.

As for the literal interpretation of the words, that is largely contested by scholars.

Geometry shows a heavy influence in arabesque architecture. As to the true origins of the various architectural types, a lot comes from influence of other areas, the Middle-East was quite the melting pot of cultures in the past. I believe a lot of influence came from times prior to the founding of Islam as well although I agree that it probably hit a nice climax during that time.

Goths also had a heavy architectural style due to limited expression from religion as well.
It might seem set in stone that muslims must believe that the koran is the literal word of god, but i think all things are eroded with time

I'm not sure how much religion has influenced architecture, that is an interesting topic in itself. It has certainly been a patron of architecture

The inability of muslims to depict living things lead to a lot of abstract decorations of their buildings.

Islam adopted arch building from earlier sources and from Islam it went into Europe and the Romanesque style. There has been a lot of cross pollination between christianity and islam and it is possible the way muslims pray is in fact taken from early christianity.

Maybe the two are not so different at heart
interesting thing, not sure if it's related or not but, the Kor'an isn't supposed to be translated out of it's original language. It was mentioned to me that it would lose some of it's meaning if it was.

The Bible is similar, though you don't lose to much of it's meaning you lose some of it's poetry and how the writters played on words.

also muir, there both Abrahamic religions so there bound to share some views and culture.
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Sharia law does a pretty damn good job of ensuring the nations don't stray too far from their heritage. However, Sharia is not based solely on the Quran.

Sharia law scares the shit out of me. Amputation, stoning, flogging, beheading, etc.

Of course, it all depends on the country's implementation.

5:38 As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power.

Waalssariqu waalssariqatufaiqtaAAoo aydiyahuma jazaan bimakasaba nakalan mina Allahi waAllahuAAazeezun hakeemun

5:39 But if the thief repents after his crime, and amends his conduct, Allah turneth to him in forgiveness; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

Faman taba min baAAdi thulmihiwaaslaha fa-inna Allaha yatoobu AAalayhiinna Allaha ghafoorun raheemun

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