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Gogerdchian, Alireza 69198399 5-29-08 Anthro 41a/ Douglas Reprinting the Prophet Muhammad Throughout the centuries, the subject of “history” has been assumed to be a chronological collection of facts, the absolute truth of significant events that occur because of specific reasons. However, “historiography” reveals that “history” is in fact a subjectively generated product. It describes how actual events are gathered, whether the stories we learn may depict a biased opinion, or the absolute truth of the event. Behind the information contained in textbooks, television media, and newspaper articles, we must realize that we are only being exposed to a single version of the actual event. Because history is subjective, whether what version of a story we hear is actually true, is a difficult question and may not always have a definitive answer. However, to fully understand the issue at hand, one must receive inputs from different versions of the story, presumably the story told by different authors and viewpoints. When this is achieved, one may more accurately judge this event of “history”. Ultimately, the news and events we hear today will become the “historiography” of tomorrow. An issue that brought about large controversy around 3 years ago involved certain publishing’s of Islamic cartoons with harsh depictions of the prophet Muhammad. In February 13, 2008, the Berlingske Tidende, a newspaper in Denmark was one of the many who republished the editorial cartoons, most of which illustrated representations of the prophet Muhammad, recognized by Muslims as the last messenger of God. These cartoons were seen as offensive to the Islamic religion, and sparked a fire of Muslim angst from around the world. One
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cartoon expressed “Muhammad with a bomb in his turban, with a lit fuse and the Islamic creed (shahadah) written on the bomb.” In another one of the twelve editorial cartoons, “Muhammad [is] with a walking stick seemingly on a desert trek, with the sun on the left, low on the horizon. He has a concerned expression on his face. He is leading a donkey by rope behind him that is carrying a burden.” The Berlingske Tidende made an announcement about the republications of
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