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Monday, February 20, 2006

Depicting Mohammed, a changing taboo

Over time, religions tend to change to suit the times. Popes change what Catholics can eat, and clerics change what Muslims can draw. Interestingly, depictions of the prophet Mohammed were more common in the Middle Ages, so the taboo appears to have strengthened over time. Fascinating, or it would be if people weren't being killed over it.

(added note) The host of these Mohammed images seems to have a fairly conservative, pro-Israel perspective, so I'd like to emphasize that the site should be taken with a grain of salt - as should mine. However, I followed a few links back to their source (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), so they seem to be true.

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