Those stupid Danish cartoons continue to inspire stupid reactions

The Literary Saloon says all there is to say about the fact that Yale University Press is putting out a serious scholarly book about the Danish cartoons--without including reproductions of the cartoons.

The whole story of the cartoons strikes me, not quite as a tragi-comedy, but let's say as a depressi-farce. Everyone comes out so poorly on all sides. Who's worse? The ant-Muslims bigots who get a kick out of the cartoons; the Muslims who prove every negative stereotype true by the way they react; or the liberals at Yale University Press who turn cultural sensitivity into ridiculous condescension and hysteria--assuming that if they publish the pictures, they'll have "blood on their hands"?  Hard to say.

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.