Blasphemers beware – The Edge Review

JAKARTA – On July 3 last year, The Jakarta Post published a cartoon critical of the Islamic State (IS) militant group. The first reaction to the cartoon surfaced only the week after the publication, when a group called the Jakarta Muslim Preachers Corps filed a police complaint calling the cartoon blasphemous. But how would Indonesia’s roughly 200 million Muslims react to a local newspaper running some of Charlie Hebdo’s output? “Even though the majority of Indonesian Muslims are moderate, some can be offended by this caricature,” said Taufik Abdullah, a prominent scholar of Islam and a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.