Yes, just drawing a cartoon these days makes you hero. We live in so weak and spineless an age that violating the blasphemy laws under Islam is an act of supreme courage. That's how bad things really are. Stéphane Charbonnier is such a man.
Stéphane Charbonnier, aka Charb, published the second version of "The Life of Muhammad."
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"Charlie Hebdo" published the second volume of "The Life of Muhammad" (via google tranlsate) RTL.fr, with AFP | Published 25/06/2013 at 2:07
"Charlie Hebdo" published a new volume of "The Life of Muhammad", always with the same satirical tone. It includes following the prophet's life, six months after the publication of the first volume. Charlie Hebdo lot Life of Muhammad, the second name. Like the first volume, the comic is based on biographical texts Muslim chroniclers, accompanied by drawings of satirical Charb, editor of the weekly.
The first volume sold 53,000 copies
The first volume, published last December, detailing the beginning of the prophet's life, from his birth to the revelation. It has sold around 53,000 copies. This time, the 80-page comic titled The Prophet of Islam, provides a rigorous chronology of the life of Muhammad. The lyrics were written by Zineb, Franco-Moroccan sociologist of religion. The reader will discover the spectacular episodes, as his journey from Mecca to Jerusalem on a winged horse and his encounters with other prophets, Abraham, Moses or Jesus he was even able to describe physically, according to the writings referenced. Other moments are less glorious, as when the prophet raises armies to fight wars which turn massacre. It also chronicles the week siege of the Jewish tribes that will ultimately slaughtered near Medina.
Charb but warns the reader: "Do not try to reproduce with you that you will see Muhammad do in this special issue is a professional prophet Muhammad, not you." And "not to take literally everything does or orders to Muhammad. " The Director noted in Charlie Hebdo to be published Wednesday that the announcement of the release of the first volume of vehement reactions had come from Iran or Turkey. And the volume is out and nothing. No reaction. Neither France, nor in the world. "The most interesting is the fact that Muhammad is represented has triggered this time no hysterics." He believes: "For fear or paternalism is refusing to treat Muslims as citizens by treating them as believers that makes Islam a taboo."
Muhammad life in comics, why? 21 Jun 2013
Muhammad's life, the first part: The beginnings of a prophet, and by Charb ZinebÀ the occasion of the release, Wednesday, June the second volume of the Life of Muhammad 26, we get asked again and again the same questions.
And especially, why publish it? (Even if the ways of formulating the question are rarely as polished). Here is what Charb said in January.
Why publish a special edition to tell the life of Muhammad drawings? Among our colleagues, the articles are already written and believers sharpen their indignation new challenge! We made money on the back of the Prophet (make on the back of DSK or Depardieu does not shock anyone). Charlie Hebdo put oil on the fire! What fire? Do not look, it always finds a suitably smoldering since we're talking about Islam ...
In 2006, after the furore that followed the publication of the Danish Mohammed cartoons in Charlie, I noticed one thing: hardly anyone knew who they were talking. What they said about Muhammad in the media, except that he was the prophet of Muslims and that no one had the right to represent? To be discussed (too briefly) with young people who identified themselves as Muslim and wanted to ransack an exhibition of drawings of religions in a Parisian cafe, I found that they knew nothing about their prophet. Even less than me ...
THERE IS NOT THAT THE BLASPHEMY IN LIFE
Muhammad's life, 2nd part: The Prophet of Islam, by Charb and Zineb
So I read the fascinating biography of Muhammad written by Maxime Rodinson. I wanted to tell the life of this type is capable of triggering hysteria since they say his name. I learned a lot and I laughed myself too. There are spectacular episodes, moving, but also grotesque in the life of Muhammad as the Muslim chroniclers have reported. They lend themselves to this type, which, unlike Jesus, is claimed as a mere mortal, miracles as ridiculous as those in the New Testament attributed to the son of God ...
The project to tell the life of Muhammad really started when I met Zineb, journalist and sociologist of religion. This was after the local fire Charlie. We should leave this story earlier, but there was in September this new scandal of the Mohammed cartoons in Charlie. It was not that confused drawings that illustrated so hot satirical news with a comic telling no humor added the life of a prophet.
In his foreword to [the first part, note], Zineb cautions The Life of Muhammad: "Every sentence put into the mouth of Muhammad is annotated, and returns references to the most rigorous scholars of Islam does not challenge the authenticity. "He will deny them that Muhammad is drawn ... If they agree, I feel flattered to have been like a type for which there is no portrait done in his lifetime.