February 8, 2006

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Bloglogo2.jpgCartoon Riots Continue
Muslims throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa have continued their protest of the cartoons satirizing the prophet Muhammad in a variety of Western publications, the latest being the left wing Charlie Hebdo. The London Times reported that the French courts rejected petitions from the French Council of Muslim Faith and the Grand Mosques of Paris and Lyon to prevent distribution. One or more of the cartoons have appeared in 30 countries, since they were first printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten this past September.

Spiegel Online has posted an interview with anthropologist Pnina Werbner of Britain’s Keele University. She has written about the brouhaha Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses created. On Monday, angry Muslims attacked the Austrian embassy and set fire to German flags after some magazines in Germany published the cartoons. (See pictures of the attack on the Danish embassy at www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,399314,00.html and www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,399700,00.html.)

According to The Brussels Journal, radical Danish imams have inflamed the incident by adding three cartoons to those published in Jyllands-Posten. The imams claimed that the cartoons were Danish.

Is “Theory” Destroying Literature?
In a review of Theory’s Empire: An Anthology of Dissent, Peter Berkowitz for the Policy Review thinks so. He writes, “The love of literature is endangered, and for more than three decades a large faction of professors of literature has contributed to extinguishing the flame.”

Zadie Smith Wins “Heat” of Commonwealth Prize
The Guardian reports that the author was competing against such writers as Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Nick Hornby for the Eurasian regionals of the Commonwealth Prize (sounds like an event from the Olympics) for latest novel On Beauty. Her first novel, White Teeth, won the Commonwealth’s first book prize in 2001. Now she’s up the grand Commonwealth Prize.

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