New York Review of Books calls for criminalizing of criticism of Islam
There may be a crucial difference between being seen to trash the image of Muhammad publicly, as in the case of the Danish cartoons and the YouTube clip, and the deconstruction of that image using the tools of modern scholarship. Historian Tom Holland‚Äôs recent documentary Islam the Untold Story, based on his book In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire, which questions the historicity of the Arabian prophet, drew protests from some Islamic scholars, and Britain‚Äôs Channel Four TV network cancelled a screening and public discussion after Holland received a torrent of abusive messages on Twitter. Nevertheless the program went out as scheduled, and it was accessible online. Above all it did not generate riots from Benghazi to Kabul.
These contrasting responses suggest the possibility of a two-pronged approach to the free speech issues raised by images of...
We need more objective views of Islam, Daniel Pipes not only looks at this book but the one by Robert Spencer as well, Uncovering Early Islam These books should not be put on some Islamic Index that everyone has to obey!