Monday, January 12, 2015

The Prohibition on Depicting Mohammad is Relatively Recent

Source: A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

In his paper entitled "From the Literal to the Spiritual: The Development of the Prophet Muhammad's Portrayal from 13th Century Ilkhanid Miniatures to 17th Century Ottoman Art," Wijdan Ali observes that although the majority of Muslims today hold that depictions of Mohammad are taboo, "there were many illustrations of [Mohammad] in early Mongol manuscripts from the Ilkhanid Dynasty down to the Ottoman period" in the 17th Century. His paper includes several examples.

H/t Diogenes' Middle Finger.

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