| Tuesday, February 14, 2006
| ANATOMY OF AN UPROAR
Fleming Rose,culture editor of the Danish weekly, Jyllands Posten, solicits illustrations of the Prophet Muhammad, hoping to spark a debate about self-censorship in Denmark.
Jyllands-Posten publishes 12 cartoon caricatures of the Prophet.
Some 3,500 Muslims demonstrate peacefully in Copenhagen, demanding an apology from the newspaper.
Al-Fagr, a weekly newspaper based in Cairo, publishes the cartoons. Three Egyptian magazines reprint the drawings to little reaction.
Ambassadors from several Muslim countries request a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He declines.
A group of Danish Muslims announces a visit to the Middle East to publicize the cartoon controversy.
Danish Muslim delegations visit Cairo, Damascus and Beirut and present a 43-page dossier with the original 12 cartoons and three others that had not been published.
After a meeting in the holy city of Mecca, leaders from 57 Muslim nations condemn the "desecration of the image" of Mohammad.
January 10, 2006
A Norwegian paper reprints the cartoons in solidarity with Jyllands-Posten.
Saudi Arabia recalls its Ambassador from Denmark, and several groups in the Middle East launch a boycott of Danish products.
January 29, 2006
Libya announces it will close its embassy in Denmark.
January 30, 2006
Jyllands-Posten apologizes on its website to any Muslims it has offended but stands by its decision to publish the cartoons.
February 1, 2006
Newspapers around Europe reprint the cartoons in a defense of press freedom.
February 3, 2006
Prime Minister Rasmussen meets the foreign diplomatic corps in Copenhagen and calls for calm.
February 4-5, 2006
Mobs set fire to Danish and Norweigan embassies and the Danish consulate in Beirut.
February 8, 2006
Three people are killed in protests in Afghanistan, bringing the total dead there to 11.
Febraury 10, 2006
Rose takes a leave of absence from Jyllands-Posten, citing exhaustion.
(Source: TIMEMAG/WORLD Feb.20 issue)
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