Pictures of Mohammed were commonly created by ... Muslims

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Pictures of Mohammed were commonly created by ... Muslims

The demand that no images of Mohammed are allowed is mostly a recent invention. Medieval Muslim artists often created paintings and illuminated manuscripts depicting Mohammed in full.

Several examples are presented on the site below. Other artists of the era drew Mohammed, but left his face blank so as to technically comply with a sporadically enforced Islamic ban on depicting the Prophet; these faceless images are shown in the second section of the Archive.

In 1999, Islamic art expert Wijdan Ali wrote a scholarly overview of the Muslim tradition of depicting Mohammed,. In that essay, Ali demonstrates that the prohibition against depicting Mohammed did not arise until as late as the 16th or 17th century, despite the media's recent false claims that it has always been forbidden for Muslims to draw Mohammed.

Until comparatively recently in Islamic history, it was perfectly common to show Mohammed, either in full or with his face hidden. Even after the 17th century, up to modern times, Islamic depictions of Mohammed (especially in Shi'ite areas) continued to be produced.

On this page are many examples of full-faced Mohammed portraits produced by Muslim artists across the centuries. Attributions for each image are given where known.

Read the full article, with many pictures of Mohammed

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By netchicken: posted on 24-4-2010








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