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The Rise and Rise of Political Cartoons in the Middle East

A quick point over yonder to the BBC Jerusalem Diary holding an interesting, albeit brief, article on the rise of political cartoons in the Middle East, including the works of Jordanian artist Emad Hajjaj (aka Abu Mahjoob) and the Palestinian artists, Amr Shomali and Basel Nasser.

One comment on “The Rise and Rise of Political Cartoons in the Middle East

  1. History of Al Andalus
    March 17, 2009

    Forgive me for a comment not related to the post. There is an excellent new blog dedicated to a book called: *An Incomplete History: The Muslims of Spain Post 1492 in a Global Context and its Relevance to Muslims Today*

    http://historyofandalus.wordpress.com/

    The situation of the Muslims living in the West today poses a striking similarity to the situation of the Muslims in Al- Andalus post 1492 (when the last Muslim ruler surrendered the last Muslim stronghold of Granada to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella). This marked the official end to Islamic rule in Al- Andalus. The end of Islamic rule was also marked by the Capitulations of Granada which was signed between Abu Abdullah Muhammad the Twelfth and the Spanish Crown of Castille. The agreement seemed to be made binding upon the Spanish Crown of Castille but as the reader shall see, it was broken within ten years after the agreement was put into effect.

    Muslims lived in Andalus for at least two hundred years after the fall (1492). Their lives were not easy. In many cases they were forced to give up their identities, could not practice Islam in public, they were not allowed to speak Arabic (and therefore could not pray in congregation) or even give their children Muslim names! So what began as tolerance for the practice of Islam in Al- Andalus and allowing for their affairs to be judged under Shari’ah courts (Capitulations of Granada) slowly but surely led to the persecution of the Muslims of Al-Andalus until no trace of Islam in Andalus was to be found.

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This entry was posted on March 16, 2009 by in Israel, Jordan, Middle East, note-to-self, Palestine, Pop culture and tagged , , , , , , .
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