Global Voices Online is again doing what it does best – this time it has put together a great roundup of Jordanian bloggers’ reactions to the Danish cartoons, and the furore that followed.
Nobody came out in favour of a violent reaction but, as you would expect, reaction was otherwise mixed, with some arguing for free speech, and others expressing the feelings of insult.
Perhaps the most interesting response, though, was from Ahmad Humeid, who suggested five responses that would have more truly captured the spirit of Muhammed:
- Apply to the Ministry of Culture in Denmark to organize a big exhibition about the Life of Prophet Mohammad and Islamic History. The Saudi and other Arab governments would finance this event and promote it in a big way in the Danish media.
- Invite 100 Danish children to come and live with Arab and Muslim families to learn about life in today’s Arab and Muslim world.
- Invite the editors of the Danish newspaper to a well publicized cultural debate in Doha, Qatar or Copenhagen.
- The embassies of Arab and Muslim nations could commission a website in Danish about Islam, contemporary muslim thinkers and life in today’s Islamic world. A dedicated staff would respond to incoming questions and request for information.
- Subtitle the movie ‘The Message’ in Danish and try to get many movie theaters and cultural centers in Denmark to show it.
And the best thing about these suggestions? There’s still time to implement them.