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Secularism, Theology and Islam The Danish Social Imaginary and the Cartoon Crisis of 2005–2006 | Jennifer Elisa Veninga | Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Subject: History
Curriculum: National UK
Language: English
Classoos code: 13116
Digitization: Live text
Published: 24/09/2015
ISBN: 9781472528643
Hardcopy ISBN: 9781474257619

Secularism, Theology and Islam The Danish Social Imaginary and the Cartoon Crisis of 2005–2006

Jennifer Elisa Veninga

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Secularism, Theology and Islam offers a uniquely theological analysis of the historic Danish cartoon crisis of 2005-2006, in which the publication of twelve images of the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten ignited violent global protests. The crisis represents a politically, culturally, and religiously important event of the early 21st century, and Jennifer Veninga explores the important question of why the cartoons were published in Denmark when they were and why this matters to the larger global community. The book outlines three main interpretations of the affair as they were framed by international news media: as an issue exclusively about freedom of speech, as related to a 'clash of civilizations', or exclusively as a matter of international politics. Whilst these are important to note, the author argues that the crisis was far more complex than any of these interpretations suggest, and argues that an alternative methodology can be found in philosopher Charles Taylor's concept of the 'social imaginary', which refers to the shared norms, expectations, images and narratives of a community or nation that inform many of its shared practices.