Posted by: Nathan Schulzke | May 1, 2010

Mohammed Image Archive

It had to happen sooner or later.

Back in September of 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten started the recent wave of controversy by publishing 12 (mostly innocuous) Mohammed cartoons as a commentary on the absurd dilemma endured by a Danish author who was having difficulty finding any artist willing to illustrate his upcoming book about Mohammed. To everyone’s astonishment, the publication of the cartoons sparked worldwide outrage on the part of Muslims, who apparently thought that there were no images of Mohammed in existence, and thus these 12 Danish cartoons were breaking some kind of taboo.

Within hours of that story hitting the American media nearly five years ago, I began (out of curiosity) to poke around the Internet looking for other pictures of Mohammed, aside from the Danish cartoons. It didn’t take long before I found one, then two, five, ten, forty! On a whim, I downloaded them all and quickly posted a page on my site zombietime which I ambitiously titled: “The Mohammed Image Archive.”

And at that moment my life changed.

The page was an instant hit in the blogosphere, and by day’s end was linked far and wide. And I discovered that I was not the only one curiously poking around the Internet looking for Mohammed pictures: My in-box was quickly flooded with submissions from readers who had discovered this or that unusual Mohammed portait in some forgotten corner of the Web.

Quite a few of the pictures are inappropriate, so my web filter blocks the entire archive.  But I figured I’d post it anyway.  I assume if you avoid the “Extreme Mohammed” section, you can avoid the worst of it.

What’s really funny is some of the hate mail Zombie has been getting.  The Muslims emailing him seem to think that images of Mohammed have always been banned.  This is simply not true.  In Medieval Islam, drawings of Mohammed were actually quite common.  It’s only recently that they have been banned.

In closing, here is my favorite Mohammed Image, of the ones posted in the Zombie article:

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Responses

  1. HOW DARE U O DO THAT… I M A MUSLIM…. HOW DARE U TO SKETCH THAT… I ALONE CAN **** ALL OF U…. IF ALL THE MUSLIN GET TOGETHER THEN THERE WILL BE NO CHANCE 4 U PEOPLES TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD

    • yes u say correct

  2. shame on u ppl

  3. shame on u

  4. MY SON BEFORE DRAWING THIS PIC GO BUY A TRANSLATION OF OUR HOLLY BOOK QURAN THEN TRY TO DRAW THE PIC OF OUR PROPHET MUHAMMAD peace be upon him.IF YOU DO LIKE THIS I HOPE YOU WILL GET FIRST PRIZE .GOD BELLS YOU MY SON. ISLAM IS NOT WHAT THE MEDIA SHOWS YOU .FIND THE REALITY AND TRUTH .YOU ALL ARE INNOCENT PPLS BUT UNFORTUNATLY DEVIL OCCUPIED YOUR HEARTS AND HE USES YOU .BE HUMAN NOT ANIMALS

  5. It would be nice if this so called god you worship(if there is such a thing) would drop one of these nice floating space rocks on your heads during your travels to Suadi for the worshiping another space rock and a desert mountain. Who would you declare war on then? gpd himself if he exists?


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