Friday, January 4, 2013
'Comic bio' of Muhammad risks Muslim ire
The editor of Charlie Hebdo weekly insists that "The Life of Mohammed", whose cover shows a goofy-looking prophet leading a camel through the desert, is an educational work prepared by a Franco-Tunisian sociologist.
"It is a biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims," said Stéphane Charbonnier, who was also the illustrator of the book which comes complete with academic footnotes.
"I don't think higher Muslim minds could find anything inappropriate," said Charbonnier, whose magazine has repeatedly enraged some Muslims with satirical depictions of the prophet, including showing him naked.