This post from 2013 seems especially relevant to current discussions about Islam. In case you’re wondering about the extraneous material, I originally wrote this as a follow-up piece for:
Warning to my regular readers: this is not humorous.
I’ll discuss the photograph relatively soonish, I think.
In the meantime, I’d like to tell you about a book I’ve been reading: “My Name is Red” by the Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. Aside from the novel’s murder mystery aspect, it includes a lot of Islamic philosophy on art… specifically drawing. And as far as I can tell, it incorporates an Islamic traditionalist point of view. (Yes, other perspectives are included.) Considering all the death threats made against artists and authors who depict Muhammad, I found this novel extraordinarily relevant to today’s world.
That’s in spite of the novel’s 16th century setting.
(Caveat: I have relatively little knowledge about Islam. Since the author won a Nobel, I trust that his representation is reasonably accurate and relevant. I apologize if I am…
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