TITLE

Caricaturizing Freedom: Islam, Offence, and The Danish Cartoon Controversy

AUTHOR(S)
Peetush, Ashwani K.
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Studies in South Asian Film & Media;Jan2009, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p173
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
I argue in this paper that the publication of cartoons caricaturing Islam by Jyllands- Posten is problematic for a number of reasons. First, within liberal political theory itself, there are reasonable arguments that the depictions (at least two) perpetuate prejudice and verge on hate speech. Second, such depictions weaken the social conditions that make possible a thriving democracy (i.e., participation) by marginalizing the already marginalized. Moreover, the caricatures perpetuate an Orientalist discourse about the nature of Islam and the non-West, and hinder global intercultural dialogue and understanding between nations.
ACCESSION #
38022374

 

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