The row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed continues to simmer as more Muslim countries join the fray. In Libya 11 people are killed in the most recent protests. DW-WORLD chronicles the issue.
Iranian protesters burn Danish flags and chant anti-western slogans
The worldwide dispute over the drawings of the Prophet Mohammed began last year when the conservative Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten decided to challenge what it saw as a de facto censorship over such images in Islamic teachings. However, the row didn't really ignite until early February, when several European newspapers decided to reprint the images as a testimony to the freedom of speech.
In the last several weeks, the cartoons have sparked riots and violent protests throughout the Islamic world. Angry crowds take to the streets, burn flags and storm embassies from Denmark and several other EU member states. Several people are killed in the violence and many more injured.
The controversy is being regarded as a clash of cultures, pitting western values such as freedom of expression and the separation of church and state against the religious beliefs of Islam.
Here is a review of the chain of events.
Sept. 30: Jyllands Posten publishes 12 drawings of the prophet. Several of them associate Islam with terrorism and suicide bombings. One shows Mohammed wearing a turban in the shape of a bomb with a burning fuse.
Feb. 1-3: Newspapers in several other European countries publish some or all of the cartoons, citing freedom of expression and a free press. The French newspaper France Soir also runs its own drawing on its front page claiming it has a right to make fun of religion. The editor is fired by the paper's Egypt-born publisher.
Feb. 4: Furious crowds in the Syrian capital of Damascus attack the Danish and Norwegian embassies, setting them afire. Danish products are boycotted in the Muslim world.
Feb. 5: One person is killed and 50 injured as a crowd burns down the Danish consulate in the Lebanese capital Beirut. The Iraqi transport ministry freezes contracts with Denmark and Norway while an insurgent group urges Muslims to attack Danes and Danish interests
Feb. 6: At least three people are killed during protests in Afghanistan; demonstrations in Somalia leave at least one dead.
Feb. 7: More protests in Islamic countries and others with large Muslim populations. At least four more people die in anti-cartoon riots in Afghanistan.
Feb. 8: Danish members of a peace-monitoring team pull out of the West Bank city of Hebron.
Feb. 9: The Malaysian government shuts a local newspaper for publishing the cartoons. Police charge the editor of a weekly tabloid with blasphemy for reprinting them.
Feb. 10: Police in Egypt fire tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators, injuring 30. In Nairobi, police fire tear gas at flag-burning protesters. More riots take place after Friday prayers in Malaysia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkey.
Feb. 11: Denmark's ambassadors to Syria, Iran and Indonesia leave because of threats against them. Tens of thousands of Muslims demonstrate in Europe
Feb. 17: Denmark temporarily closes its embassy in Islamabad; Pakistan's ambassador to Denmark is recalled for consultations.
At least 10 people are killed by Libyan police during a demonstration against the Italian consulate in Benghazi which was set afire. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi demands the resignation of Reform Minister Roberto Calderoli who made anti-Muslim statements while wearing a T-shirt displaying the cartoons.