I came up with this book at first when I noticed an article in The New York Times which had described the ban of Muhammad’s Images in the new book by Yale Press. That time there were a lot of serious rumours and actions within that situation. It was said, Yale University together with Press decided to do so, because of the consultation results (authorities and diplomacy dealing with Islam questions recommended to reject those illustrations). Although, those 12 ‘banned’ pictures had been already printed in the Danish edition few years before (September 2005). Moreover, it was considered that all illustrations including those for children book made by an Islamic artist Gustave Doré of Muhammad would be prohibited by the Yale Press as well.
The “Banned” Images by Muhammad is a book written as an answer to “The Cartoons that Shook the World” (2009) book which refused to publish Muhammad’s cartoons. Both books were released almost simultaneously in 2009. This decision was announced by the director of Yale University Press, John Donatich, arguing that it could cause serious problems connecting with the “risk of instigating violence”. From his telephone conversation, the decision upon those images withdrawal was not initiated by him only and recommendation to remove historical images that are “overwhelming and unanimous” was developed by the meeting of experts in that sphere.
Content of the Book
The “Banned” Images is first of all about the First Amendment rights and free speech. It includes 31 illustrations of Muhammad. It is aimed at depicting a vast variety of Muslims’ prohibitions and ‘bans’, hence it has some political and religious issues. It also includes some images drown by non-Muslim origin artists which get through the development of Islamic world. All pictures are full-size and of a good quality which perfectly illustrates a colour transfer. There are pictures by Gustave Dore, William Blake, Salvador Dali, Ottoman, and Mughal empires.
Sponsorship of the Book edition
A curious thing is that introduction of this book done by Dr. Hull. I consider it as a great intro to the controversial book which is controversial itself. Hull was the Director of the Program at his native Duke University (Values and Ethics in the Marketplace). In his intro, he sharply says about the university and its graduates (Nathan Hale, for instance, as he was hung by the British for his speech). In 2008 he enhanced those pictures (Danish cartoons) appearance in one of Flemming Rose. He is also a well known due to his works in local and international editions such as San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes.com, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Barron’s.
In November 2009, exactly due to the efforts of Professor Gary Hull Images were published in The “Banned”. Hull had owned a Voltaire Press which sponsored the book edition. So far from the Hull publication, a picture book by Muhammad is an ‘errata to the bowdlerized version of Klausen’s book’.