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Friday, February 10, 2006 

Muhammad Cartoon Interpreted

Revealing expressions in the heart of European media
posted in response to Cartoon + Interpretation at post.thing.net

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The Danish Cartoon

This guy looks like a desi - South Asian - bouncer. That explains why he has a ferocious public profile. May be he's a low-ranking sepoy guarding the armament depot - and his headgear is part of the uniform along with other such British colonial curiosities. Can't think of a rebellious British Muslim ex-colony that has gone that way though?


Anyway, the insignia on his turban is a fine piece of Arabic calligraphy of 'there is no god but god, Muhammad is his messenger' - the basic Muslim confession or 'kalma' - probably commissioned by a sultan who is keen on art. And trying to muster an army that will look good in his defence - king of kings, god's shadow on earth. That discounts the subject being a Sikh - who wouldn't wear that, even if he had to quit the army. So its likely this guy's sultan has a tiny monolithic kingdom gone psychotic under threat - but that doesn't explain the art - aesthetics must have been the Sultan's childhood passion - he's making a statement.

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Sultan Mehmet II

It is doubtful if the subject is very independent-minded - and most likely values loyalty over practicality - which is why he is loaded with a lit bomb on his head and doesn't realize it. He's either a conned neocon, or he's gotta be a masochist spy who loves it - in Europe.

The explanation that makes momentary sense, is that a ferocious looking muslim, like a live bomb about to explode, looks good in Europe.

But the final one has to be that Muhammad's aesthetic is about to ferociously explode in Europe.

Oh how prescient - by about 1400 years.

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Tughra of Suleiman I

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[imgs: Jyllands-Posten, Topkapi Palace]

hey, hey, hey, be careful with those mofo words!

define 'mofo'?

(I took a look at Cartoon + Interpretation at post.thing.net) I'd always assumed the cartoon's meant to say Muhammad's ideas are implicitly explosive/violent etc. Of course that is a very western view, ignoring the prophetic nature & origin of Muhammad's 'thought'.

And yes he does look sepoy or Sikh. Probably some bit of cheap clip art underpins it.

yes, thats close to my point.
its a combo of clip art + stereotypes with a probable colonial connection.
i mean, why not draw obl ?

nice one :D

So I wasnt the only one who thought he looked like an angry sikh!

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