In September 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of cartoons that depicted the prophet Muhammad. One of the most famous featured the Muslim prophet wearing a turban with a bomb inside.
The incident sparked global Muslim outrage, with many countries boycotting Danish products. Both the newspaper and the cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard would be the subject of death threats for years after the cartoon appeared.
In 2008 the controversy was reignited with the republishing of one of the cartoons in Danish and Dutch newspapers, stirring talk of everything from boycotts to severing of diplomatic ties.
Most recently, a man of Somali descent broke into Mr. Westergaard’s home in January 2010 and attempted to kill the cartoonist with an axe. The attacker was shot and killed by police.
In an article explaining Muslim outrage over the cartoon, the BBC wrote that the cartoons fueled the “widespread perception among Muslims across the world that many in the West harbour a hostility towards – or fear of – Islam and Muslims.”