FACES OF MOHAMMED

The Mohammed cartoon controversy

The 12 cartoons depicting prophet Mohammed that you can see to the right were published on September 30, 2005 in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. They were created by different artists as a test of whether the threat of Islamic terrorism had limited the freedom of expression in Denmark. As a consequence, violent protests spread in many Muslim countries, because they consider the depiction of the prophet a blasphemy.

You can read the full story in this article: Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.

Depictions of Mohammed

Fundamentalists of Islam support the idea that any depictions of Mohammed (also spelled Muhammad) must be forbidden, but in fact such depictions had not been prohibited until the 16th or 17th century and they are never condemned in the Koran.

To help cure this taboo about the prophet of Islam, we have compiled some representations of him, ranging from historical illustrations to artistic, comic and satirical depictions. They are roughly ordered in chronological order and the text that supplements each image is not based on religious beliefs of any kind.

A lot of information and images found on this page can also be found in a more complete collection called the Mohammed Image Archive.

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Jyllands-Posten cartoons
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