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Should Muslims turn a blind eye to the cartoons?

Two Muslims disagree about the appropriate response to the cartoon controversy

By Emran Mian   March 2006

Dear Sarah

8th February 2006

I am writing this letter from the Beka’a valley in Lebanon. Hizbullah has a public presence here and there are large posters of Iran’s ayatollahs-past and present-at every junction. In this setting, the confidence with which Muslim commentators have stated, in the row over the Danish cartoons, that portraiture and depiction are forbidden in the Islamic tradition seems misplaced. And, as you probably know, there are images of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as other prophets…

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