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Copyright (c) 2006 Rutgers University School of Law - Camden 
Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion

ARTICLE: You Dropped a Bomb on Me, Denmark--A Legal Examination of the Cartoon Controversy and Response as It Relates to the Prophet Muhammad and Islamic Law

Fall, 2006

8 Rutgers J. Law & Relig. 3

Author

RACHEL SALOOM *

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

P1 The publication of twelve cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in late 2005 was only the beginning of a series of events in a cartoon controversy that has taken the lives of many people and injured others. Muslims believe that these cartoons are prohibited under Shari'a, or Islamic law. These cartoons were protested against, however, not only because of their depiction of the Prophet Muhammad but the manner in which he was depicted.

P2 This Article argues that while these cartoons do violate Shari'a, the violent response in protest only perpetuates negative stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs. Moreover, this Article explains why the cartoons violate Shari'a. Part II of this Article outlines the cartoon controversy by both examining the content of the cartoons and the timeline of events. Part III examines the response to the publication of the cartoons. Part III discusses both the violent and nonviolent responses to the publication of the cartoons. Part IV of this article provides an in-depth explanation of Shari'a and the sources of Islamic law, including a discussion of the importance of the Prophet Muhammad to Islam. Part V explains the response to the cartoon controversy by analyzing two different arguments. The first argument is that the cartoons are absolutely prohibited under Shari'a. Drawing on the main sources of Shari'a--the Qur'an and the Sunna--the prohibition of the cartoons is explained. The second argument is that the cartoons are based on negative stereotypes of Muslims ...
 
 
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