Jan 26, 2015

By Andy Johnson

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London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has removed a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad from its website amid security concerns over the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.  The gallery mistakenly claimed not to have had any depictions of the prophet in its collection following the violence by extremists in France earlier this month.   But, after a U.S. expert drew attention to a poster with an Iranian artist’s view of the prophet in the collection, the depiction was quickly removed.  The move has fuelled questions over censorship which scholars fear could undermine the understanding of Islamic art.

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