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06 February 2006


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Charles Cameron

Thank you very much for your continuing emphasis on the cultural and religious aspects of your materials. Your earlier comment about Catholic and LDS upbringings giving insight into jihadist thinking seems very much on point.

As a matter of interest, are any details (eyes, nose, mouth) visible in the image of Mohammed you present?

W. Patrick Lang


So far as I know it is a Shia convention not to show his features on the theory that no one knows what he looked like. pl


"Outrage is a sometimes thing"

That the attitude to images of Mohammed varies with time and location is of course nothing new. The persians are often a bit more relaxed, and outrage didn't spread quite as rapidly in pre-Internet times ;-)

However, if you want to understand the current outrage, you probably have to look at domestic policies in Denmark.

And Syria.

W. Patrick Lang


Policies? Like what? pl


For Denmark, it's related to the government's dependence on the openly racist Danish People's Party (15% of the voters).

For Syria, it's most likely the usual intra-government power games we're seeing here.

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