On 23/02/2008, WJhonson(a)aol.com <WJhonson(a)aol.com> wrote:
In a message dated 2/23/2008 5:09:48 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
From a general historical perspective, depictions of Muhammad have been
quite rare (User:Grenavitar/mimages).>>
Repeating this a hundred times does not make it any more true.
Depictions of Muhammed are not rare, they are common
Are you sure? Bloom and Blair say "Pictures of Muhammad are extremely rare
in Islamic art" (Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair. *Islamic Arts*. London:
Phaidon, 1997 p. 202) That seems quite sound, given that we have only a
handful from 1400 years of history, most of which originate only from
specific periods or locations.
Depictions of Muhammad as a historical tradition outside of Muslim
veneration similarly seems to have been quite rare. Apart from a few
infamous examples like that of Dante's Inferno, not much comes to mind