August 19th, 2012

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The Daughters of Allah

Having had a lot of spare hours at the nursery in recent days, I figured I could fill that time with something useful. In my attempt to maintain some decent level of knowledge in Turkish, I just finished reading a book that caused a lot of controversy a few years ago, and which made me thinking:

The picture you see here depicts three important pre-Islamic female deities that were very revered in Mecca before the time of Muhammad: el-Lat, el-Uzza and Manat. Nedim Gürsel made them the protagonists of his book, telling the story of the creation of Islam from a slightly different perspective. But he did something much more "blasphemous": he was the first Turkish author who dared to make the prophet Muhammad the protagonist in a fiction book as well. And, no surprise, this angered lots of Muslims, who believe he has insulted their faith.

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