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Picturing Muhammad

Monday, we're asking what Islam really says about images of the Prophet Muhammad. Of course, this is more than a theological exercise given the terrorist attack earlier this month on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Art historian Christiane Gruber says an outright ban is really a modern notion and joins us to discuss how Islamic law has been interpreted throughout time and by various communities. We'll then talk with Salt Lake Imam Muhammed S. Mehtar to understand what the ban means to the faithful.

Christiane Gruber is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan. She's co-editor of the book The Image of the Prophet between Ideal and Ideology [Indiebound|Amazon]. You can read her Newsweek op-eds The Koran Does Not Forbid Images of the Prophet and How the "Ban" on Images of Muhammad Came to Beat Newsweek.com

Muhammed S. Mehtar is Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake. He writes about Islam at knowyourdeen.com [deen = religion]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.