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."