Mohammed cartoons row threatens world summit

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21 March 2006, SEVILLE — A world summit between rabbis, imams and other religious leaders was threatened with an early end after a row over the Mohammed cartoons broke out.

21 March 2006

SEVILLE — A world summit between rabbis, imams and other religious leaders was threatened with an early end after a row over the Mohammed cartoons broke out.

A scholastic argument started over the cartoons, which first appeared in a Danish newspaper and caused an international diplomatic row.

But it was two imams who came to verbal blows over the controversy at the Seville conference.

Sohaib Bencheikh, an Islamic scholar who heads Marseilles Superior Institute of Islamic Science, complained the conference had been used to call for a condemnation of the Mohammed cartoons by the United Nations.

He said: "We shouldn't think that the Prophet is so weak that he can be disgraced by a cartoon in bad taste."

The comment angered Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijiri, director general of ISESCO (Muslim equivalent of UNESCO) who walked out before he was persuaded to return by rabbis and imams.

More than 300 representatives from 20 countries are attending the congress which ends on Wednesday.  

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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