I have written a number of articles and a book that touch on the current flare-up over the Jyllands-Posten publication of cartoons critical of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. I begin with an annotated bibliography of general pieces:
- "Amazon.com's Koran Desecration Problem." FrontPageMag.com, May 20, 2005. A detailed look at one supposed incident concerning the purchase of a used Koran.
- "Another Islamist Assault, Another Western Cringe." Boston Herald, September 13, 2012. Looks at the response to the "Innocence of Muslims" video.
- "Away with Crucifixes, Crosses, and Christmas." DanielPipes.org, August 14, 2002. How Muslim immigrants in the West extrude Christian practices.
- "Egypt's Problem with Ranan Lurie." Middle East Quarterly, September 1997. I tell here the story of an Israeli-born political cartoonist's brief and unhappy experience with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
- "Finding Allah in Unlikely Places." DanielPipes.org, September 16, 2005. A review of some incidents of alleged desecration of "Allah" in Arabic script.
- "[Hebron Pig Poster Incident:] How Clinton Adheres to the 'Rushdie Rules.'" Forward, July 25, 1997. Looks in depth at the U.S. government response to an earlier pictorial attack on Muhammad. It appears I first used the term "Rushdie rules" in this article.
- "Is Salman Rushdie Now Safe?" DanielPipes.org,June 5, 2004. Discusses the current circumstances of the man condemned to death by Ayatollah Khomeini.
- "Islam Dispatches Santa, the Bible, and Winnie the Pooh." DanielPipes.org, October 3, 2005. Examples of items proscribed in the West under the influence of Muslim immigrant pressure.
- "Lamyaa Hashim, Supporting Burqas and Suicide Bombers." DanielPipes.org, January 18, 2004. Notes the implications of an Islamist protesting a cartoon.
- "Michael Isikoff, Meet Salman Rushdie." DanielPipes.org, May 20, 2005. An historical evaluation of the Koran-flushing-at-Guantánamo incident.
- "Muhammad as a Perfect Human." A section is part of a larger article, "[Al-Hudaybiya and] Lessons from the Prophet Muhammad's Diplomacy." Middle East Quarterly, September 1999. Explains the special Muslim affection for Muhammad and the historic Christian enmity toward him.
- Review of Allen Douglas and Fedwa Malti-Douglas, "Arabic Comic Strips: Politics of an Emerging Mass Culture." Middle East Quarterly, March 1995. An excellent interpretation of Arabic comics, stripping away their externals and revealing their underlying messages.
- The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West. New York: Birch Lane, 1990. Paperback edition: New Delhi: Voice of India, 1998. Second Edition: New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction, 2003. Surveys the events in 1989 surrounding the publication of The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and the resulting death edict by Ayatollah Khomeini. Many of the issues in the Rushdie episode – mocking Muhammad, freedom of speech, blasphemy, imposing Islamic norms on the West – foreshadowed those arising in the current crisis. The second edition includes an afterword by Konraad Elst that brings the story of Islamic censorship forward.
- "Something Rotten in Denmark?" (with Lars Hedegaard). New York Post, August 27, 2002. A review of the problems associated with Muslim immigration in Denmark, with many interesting readers' comments.
- "Two Decades of the Rushdie Rules."
Commentary, October 2010. Reviews changes for the worse vis-à-vis Western freedoms to discuss Islam. As this article appeared, I appended a weblog to it, "Late Breaking Rushdie-Rule Developments."
- "The United States Government: Patron of Islam?" (with Mimi Stillman). Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2002. Shows how Islam "now enjoys a privileged place in Washington, just as it does in almost every capital around the world."
- "The West Stands Up for Its Customs." DanielPipes.org, October 10, 2002. Places the cartoon controversy in the context of other efforts by Europeans to keep their traditional culture intact.
And here are my writings specifically on the cartoon uproar, to be updated as needed:
- "Bush Administration Disapproved Muhammad Cartoon Reprinting." DanielPipes.org, December 29, 2010. Four years later, WikiLeaks reveal the inside story here too.
- "Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism." New York Sun, February 7, 2006. My first response to the cartoon crisis, seeing it in terms of imposing Shari'a on the West.
- "Danish Cartoon Aftershocks." DanielPipes.org, April 15, 2006. Occasional news on a crisis past.
- "How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims." New York Sun, February 14, 2006. Argues in favor of a "separation of civilizations" theory.
- "Media Admit: No Cartoons Because Fearful of Islamists." DanielPipes.org, April 20, 2006.
- "My role in the Danish cartoon affair." DanielPipes.org, February 6, 2006. Dispels the conspiracy theory that I had a role in the decision by Jyllands-Posten to commission or publish the cartoons concerning the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
- "Participant in a symposium on] The Clash to End All Clashes?" National Review Online, February 7, 2006.Argues against the clash of civilizations thesis.
- "Those Danish Cartoons and Me." New York Sun, February 21, 2006. I recount how conspiracy theorists brought me into the Muhammad cartoon furor.
And, not compiled by me but worthy of mention: zombietime.com has posted a "Mohammed Image Archive: Depictions of Mohammed Throughout History" that provides an important perspective on the current flap over representations of the Islamic prophet. (February 2, 2006)