It's not so much that they are offended by the content of the cartoons, it's because its forbidden in Islam to have any depictions of the prophets of the Abrahamic religions and of God. That's why all of Islamic art is abstract or more geometrical and about the text and language...no images of humans-- that dominate much of Christianity and Hinduism.
I think the response to these cartoons is inflated in the west. There is a tradition within Shia Islam of painting all the Shia saints and there are numerous paintings of Muhammad. I have a photo and seen one in Baghdad.
Below is a portrait of Muhammad in my Uncles library in Baghdad.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
The sword of Ali is famous in the Shia Islamic world. It is like the tongue of a serpent... was it stolen from the shrine of the Arab Goddess?
The Moroccan sociologist, novelist and feminist Fatimah Mernissi traces the origins of Dhulfiqar from the temples of Lat, Manat and Uzza. According to this legend, the Prophet appropriated two sacrificial sabres from the temple of Manat and gave them to Ali, saying that one of them was Al-Dhulfiqar, which became the famous sword of Ali the Warrior.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Last year Usama and Kristie Alshaibi attended an artists’ residency in the Netherlands called Extrapool. The end result was a children’s book for adults called
A History of Flying Vaginas
A limited edition of 200 were printed. There are just 20 copies left for purchase. Printed on Acid Free Paper using the antiquated Stencilprint process, each copy is signed by the artists.
Available for $20 each.
To order contact Kristie: firstname.lastname@example.org