aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Worth 1,000 words

Today was Everybody Draw Muhammad Day. I didn't have time to do any original art, but here's a famous one. It's an engraving by Gustav Doré for Dante's Inferno. It depicts Muhammad ("Mahomet" in medieval English spelling) in the Eighth Circle of Hell. As Dorothy Sayers notes for her translation,

From the bridge over the Ninth Bowge the Poets look down upon the Sowers of Discord, who are continually smitten asunder by a Demon with a sword. Dante is addressed by Mahomet . . .

Dante, along with other medieval figures, saw Muhammad primarily as a heretic and schismatic, the founder and purveyor of an ersatz Christianity.

Such a cut-up Such a cut-up


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