The angry response of some Muslim leaders around the world to the publication of 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 might at a first glance seem to echo the critical response to Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel The Satanic Verses (1988). For just as the Jyllands-Posten cartoons seemed to deliberately provoke protests and anger from a community identifying itself as Muslim by presenting the Prophet Muhammad using racist caricatures that equate Islam with terrorism, so, at least for some readers, Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses desacralised a religious text by questioning the theological basis of revelation, presenting the Prophet Muhammad as a human being with sexual desires, and suggesting that the Qur’ān itself was written by Satan.
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