[Foundation-l] Wikimania and the Muhammad pix
thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 21:01:53 UTC 2008
> While it may not be educationally necessary in a literate society, in a
> pre-literate society representational images can be very powerful. In
> illustrating some activity of Muhammed some representation of that
> activity can be a powerful educational tool for those who cannot read.
> Unfortunately, the power of abstraction comes from reading. The Qur'an
> certainly speaks of Muhammed, and thus creates pictures of him in
> words. Logical consistency would suggest the absurdity that these word
> pictures should also be forbidden. Abstract reasoning allows readers to
> understand that any representations of Muhammed or Jesus are not based
> on original photographs.
> We cannot underestimate the power of images, symbols and myths as
> entities in their own right. These powers make no scientific sense at
> all, but that does not diminish their influence. Many Americans can be
> very upset when they see their flag being abused, yet to the strictly
> logical mind it is just a piece of cloth.
I think you're putting too much sway on *reading* the Qur'an. The
Qur'an is often spoken aloud (and even memorised), so illiterate
people can get just as much from the words as literate people can.
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