Demonstrating for dignity: why are Muslims SO enraged?

by Imraan

“I have not seen any excessive bounty which is not associated with a right which has been violated.” Imam Ali b. Abi Talib (A.S).
“Those who sought to bring winter to an Arab spring and possibly destabilise a US election, were keenly aware of the impact those words would have, situating the film within on-going tensions between Israel and the Arab world and stirring up the hornet’s nest of minority relations in a region where they remain unsettled….

“If you deny any relationship between the systematic discrimination of Muslims and stigmatization of Islam and the overreaction of the Muslim community to offensive jokes, or films, or cartoons, then you are only left with essentialist explanations of Muslim hysteria and violence. These protests aren’t about a film – they’re about the totality of ways in which Muslims have felt humiliated over decades.”

One of the better analyses I think I’ve read. This is a freedom issue, just not one that we, who live so well-off and comfortably, and relatively unopressed in the West, can recognise.

I love how every ‘liberal’ pundit has commented on preserving ‘our’ freedoms, yet so arrogantly forgets that our ‘freedom’ tends to systematically curtail theirs.

 

myriamfrancoiscerrah

A version of this article was published on the Index on Censorship website, you can read ithere or on my Huffington Post blog,here

Muslims eh, they just cant seem to take a joke can they? It would be very easy to cast, as many ‎commentators have, the latest riots in response to the islamophobic film, as another example of ‎intolerant Muslims lacking a funny bone. The Rushdie affair, the Danish cartoons, the murder of ‎Van Gogh – surely the latest saga fits neatly into a pattern of evidence suggesting Muslims are over ‎sensitive and violent. After all, critics will argue, Christians are regularly derided through the arts ‎and media and they don’t go around burning embassies and killing people. Only the situation is ‎hardly analogous. The power relations in which a dominant majority can be perceived as insulting ‎and humiliating a disgruntled and feeble minority, cannot be ignored…

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