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The Museum Removes Images of Muhammad from Its Galleries

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NEW YORK—The New York Post, a daily news paper from New York reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) has pulled images of the Prophet Muhammad from its galleries devoted to Islamic art and suggests that the move is the latest chapter in the museum’s “history of dodging criticism.” Muslims believe that Islam forbids the images of Prophets of God and it is a blasphemous act and have led protests in recent years objecting to their display in cartoons, most infamously in Denmark.

MET spokesperson Egle Zygas tells the Post that their removal was simply part of a regular effort to update the galleries. “They didn’t fit the theme of the current installation,” Zygas tells the Post. The museum is currently in the middle of a $50-million-dollar renovation of its Islamic art galleries and has only about 60 pieces from its 60,000-work collection of Islamic art on display.

The Post also states that the museum has made recent name changes “for the sake of political correctness,” quoting writer Michael Gross on the subject. It notes that its “Primitive Art Galleries” were renamed the “Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas,” and that what are now the Islamic Galleries will show art from “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia,” when they reopen in 2011.

The paper quotes an Islamic arts’ expert, Kishwar Rizvi, as saying the new name of the galleries is misleading.

Rizvi told the paper it was “a shame” the museum dropped the word Islamic from the title of the Islamic art galleries. “It’s cumbersome and problematic to base it on nationalistic boundaries,” the historian said

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