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Paradoxes of Liberal Democracy: Islam, Western Europe, and the Danish Cartoon Crisis

Paul M. Sniderman, Michael Bang Petersen, Rune Slothuus, and Rune Stubager


In 2005, twelve cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammed appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, igniting a political firestorm over demands by some Muslims that the claims of their religious faith take precedence over freedom of expression. Given the explosive reaction from Middle Eastern governments, Muslim clerics, and some Danish politicians, the stage was set for a backlash against Muslims in Denmark. But no such backlash occurred. This book shows how the majority of ordinary Danish citizens provided a solid wall of support for the rights of their country's growing Muslim minority, ... More

Keywords: Mohammed, cartoons, Jyllands-Posten, Muslims, freedom of expression, Muslim immigrants, Islamic fundamentalists, discrimination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161105
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Sniderman, author
Stanford University

Michael Bang Petersen, author

Rune Slothuus, author