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Book on Muhammad cartoons won’t include controversial images


(RNS) Yale University Press will not include infamous illustrations of the Prophet Muhammad in an upcoming book, “Cartoons That Shook the World,” which explores a Danish newspaper’s controversial decision in 2005 to publish cartoon depictions of Muhammad.

The book, by Jytte Klausen, professor of comparative politics at Brandeis University, is due out in November. The book will not reproduce any of the 12 original cartoons that appeared in the Sept. 30, 2005 edition of Jyllands-Posten, nor will it contain other illustrations of the Prophet Muhammad.

When European newspapers originally published the cartoons, they set off sometimes violent protests by Muslim groups around the world. Islam prohibits any depictions of the prophet.

The decision to refrain from reprinting the images was made after scholars, government officials and foreign ambassadors expressed concern that the cartoons might ignite violence a second time.