Yale University has removed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from an upcoming book about how they caused outrage across the Muslim world, drawing criticism from prominent alumni and a national group of university professors.
Yale cited fears of violence.
Yale University Press, which the university owns, removed the 12 caricatures from the book "The Cartoons That Shook the World" by Brandeis University professor Jytte Klausen. The book is scheduled to be released next week.
A Danish newspaper originally published the cartoons — including one depicting Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban — in 2005. Other Western publications reprinted them.
The following year, the cartoons triggered massive protests from Morocco to Indonesia. Rioters torched Danish and other Western diplomatic missions. Some Muslim countries boycotted Danish products.
Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry.
Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, said Yale's decision effectively means: "We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just accede to their anticipated demands."
In a statement explaining the decision, Yale University Press said it consulted counterterrorism officials, diplomats and the top Muslim official at the United Nations.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Yale's Book On Mohammed Cartoons Wont Publish Them
The Mohammed cartoons that started riots around the world and left a wake of death and destruction will not be published in a book that is on Mohammed cartoons. The publisher, Yale University Press, opted not to include those cartoons.