Hilye, or calligraphic panel containing a physical description of the Prophet Muhammad made in 1718 in the Galata Palace, Istanbul.
Dihya Salim al-Fahim, (1718), via Wikimedia Commons
Visual depiction of Prophet Muhammad is a sensitive issue for many Muslims. Islamic literature shows how Muslims used textual imagery to give a vivid picture of the prophet.
A painting made by French street artist Christian Guemy in tribute to the members of those killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015.
AP Photo/Michel Euler
The French satirical magazine republished the controversial caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. An expert says satire has often been a subject of condemnation.
Charlie Hebdo’s often biting and dark humour frequently troubles people in France, and many reactions to the attack in France were not in keeping with the values of the publication.
To arms, citizens!
Primary school children in France will now have to learn and sing La Marseillaise. But for many people, it is racist and xenophobic.
While France and the US both guarantee individual religious freedom, the two nations’ approach to religion in the public sphere and the separation between church and state are profoundly different.
Memorials to the terror attack have become visual and transient – a battleground to contest parts of French identity.
Encounters at an open day at a Paris mosque.
How literary analysis led one scholar to develop a theory of how immigrants become connected to their host society – and therefore unlikely to attack it.
Recent attacks in Paris and Brussels have taught the French some important lessons about how to deal with the threat of terrorism.
Why we should criticise Charlie Hebdo’s latest satirical take on racism.
A man holds a giant pencil as tribute in a solidarity march for Charlie Hebdo victims
France was left reeling by the attacks of January 2015 and things only got worse as the year unfolded – so why the political inertia?
Leighton Walter Killé/TCF
Social media were at the heart of the attacks in Paris, serving as tools of communication and also sources of information and emotion.
There has been a global outpouring of grief and support for Parisians after the terror attacks in the city.
EPA/Raminder Pal Singh
In the next few weeks we may see a resurgence of rhetoric calling for more resources to fight the War on Terror following the Paris attacks. Islamophobia may take deeper root in Europe as a whole.
The London bus blown up by one of the 7/7 attackers.
It may feel like the battle is being lost but some vital information has been gathered in the decade since the London bombings.
Guarding the factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.
One man is dead and two injured in an attack on a gas factory near Lyon. At least one suspect was known to French intelligence agencies.
That’s no way to have a debate.
The PEN literary gala has been overshadowed by controversy.
Come together: Tunisians protest the attack on the Bardo Museum.
Tunisia has come further than any post-Arab Spring nation – so it’s no wonder it drew Islamic State’s ghastly attention.
Cartoons can inspire rage – but they can also tell the stories of the marginalised. A panel from The Arrival by Shaun Tan, Lothian Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Australia, 2006.
In the month since the the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, the significance of visual representation has been a topic of much discussion. Political cartoons have the potential to reinforce problematic stereotypes…
On the road.
Israel will hold an early general election on March 17. The campaign is already in full swing – and it is not confined to Israel’s borders. In the wake of anti-Semitic attacks in Copenhagen. This has infuriated…
Security conscious. Behind Boris Johnson’s analysis of terror.
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Last week, London’s mayor Boris Johnson generated a largely negative reaction when he described European jihadis as “wankers” – people who feel they are failures and that the world is against them. Now…
From where does opposition to depictions of Muhammad arise?
After the violent attacks on Charlie Hebdo – the French satirical weekly that routinely published caricatures of Muhammad – many are wondering: are depictions of Muhammad actually forbidden in Islamic…