The Koran Does Not Forbid Images of the Prophet

Contributed By: Elisheva Cohen
Language of Presentation: English
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Author: Christiane Gruber
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In contrast to traditional claims that Islam does not allow figural art in religious contexts, Dr. Chistiane Gruber carefully documents the development of religious arguments on figural representation and depictions of the Prophet in Islamic scholarship, and includes a variety of historical depictions. It should be noted that this article was published in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris that were aimed at a satirical magazine that published derogatory images of Muhammad. The existence of religious imagery and depictions of Muhammad in an Islamic religious context does not, of course, mean that all Muslims are comfortable with pictoral representations of Muhammad, or that contemporary antagonistic depictions of the Prophet are not deeply offensive to many Muslims. Nor, of course, does it legitimize violence against those who create such depictions. >

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