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Controversy over the Mohammed cartoons and Draw Mohammed Day has given the impression that Islam is entirely against prohibiting the depiction of Prophet Mohammed. Unlike the Sunnis, the Shiites are accustomed to depictions of Mohammed and since the late 1980s, posters of young languid Mohammad with his shoulders bare in an effeminate pose were popular in Iran as a form of curiosity. On a casual walk in Paris, Pierre and Micheline Centlivres, two Swiss anthropologists fascinated by the Islamic art, noticed a poster which seemed to be the inspiration behind the Mohammed posters. (Before they thought it was inspired by a Caravaggio painting).

The original was taken in 1905/6 by two Orientalist photographers, Rudolf Franz Lehnert (1878-1948) and Ernst Landrock (1878-1966). First circulated as a postcard around 1920, this photo was simply named Mohammed after Lehnert’s Egyptian aide who posed in it. However, it is unclear how and when this image, made in Tunisia, arrived to Iran. Some Iranian posters came with a caption that this was a copy of a portrait done by one Bahîrâ, a Christian monk who met in Syria a young man who would later become the future Prophet of Islam. By crediting the image to a Christian and predating it to the time before Mohammed became the Prophet, the manufacturers of the image exonerate themselves from any wrongdoing.

However, it may be an ironic footnote to the story. With Europe yearning for the fantasies and seductions of the Orient, Lehnert and Landrock took many photos of prepubescent and pubescent boys and girls in various stages of being undressed. Suggestive nature of the above photo bags the question whether the postcards were distributed for homoerotic or at least for sensual purposes.

– see Etudes photographiques n°17, nov 2005 for the article for Pierre and Micheline Centlivres.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

June 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

Posted in Culture, Society

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  1. This photo is incorrect because no body in the current time time knows how the prophet MOHAMMAD (peace be upon him)looks like. Most of people know some of the prophet MOHAMMAD’S face characteristics according to what they have read/listened, but no one knows exactly how he looked because there was no cameras at the prophet’s time.

    Omar

    November 24, 2010 at 5:09 am

    • This picture doesn’t belong to Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him). Just think if this is the picture sketched by Rahib Buhaira during the journey of Mohammad (Peace be upon him) to Syria along with his Uncle Abu Talib, then how it was possible for Rahib Buhaira to sketch Cave of Thor in the back. While the case of Cave Thor with a woven web of spider happened far after this journey of Mohammad (Peace be upon him). This fact shows that this is a fake picture. But on the other hand there are some prooves showing the existance of a picture of prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) sketched by Buhaira. Some people say this picture is present in Madina in the room where grave of Prophet exist. God knows better.
      Dr. Naeem Butt

      Dr. Mohammad Naeem Butt

      August 22, 2012 at 11:51 pm

  2. This photo is incorrect because no body in the current time time knows how the prophet MOHAMMAD (peace be upon him)looks like. Most of people know some of the prophet MOHAMMAD’S face characteristics according to what they have read/listened, but no one knows exactly how he looked because there was no cameras at the prophet’s time.

    Haya

    July 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

  3. Tentang lukisan para Nabi dan Imam, ingatlah firman Allah, “Dan kebanyakan mereka tidak mengikuti kecuali persangkaan saja. Sesungguhnya persangkaan itu tidak sedikitpun berguna untuk mencapai kebenaran.” (QS Yunus: 36),…asal usul lukisan Muhammad …Imam Ali ibn Tholib penah berkata bahwa Rasulullah suka duduk di lantai seperti seorang budak….
    Bertahun-tahun diterbitkan gambar yang disebut sebagai gambar masa mudanya Nabi Muhammad saw di Iran. Masyarakat Iran di samping menunjukkan rasa suka terhadap gambar itu, mereka juga mempertanyakan keabsahannya. Sebagian menyebutkan bahwa gambar itu dilukis oleh pendeta Buhaira yang sempat mengiringi Nabi Muhammad saw bersama pamannya ke Syam. Pada kenyataannya, banyak yang meragukan jawaban ini.

    dari mana asal gambar itu,sampai saat ini tidak ada penggambaran tentang wajah Nabi Muhammad saw di masa mudanya, namun penggambaran itu ada dalam bentuk dewasanya. Disebutkan bahwa Muhammad saw memiliki kulit putih, mata hitam, alis yang tebal,Gigi teratur dan rambut bergelombang. Bentuk yang digambarkan itu dapat ditemukan dalam poster Iran. Pada hakikatnya ini adalah sebuah gambar dari sebuah gambar lain. Dengan kata lain, pelukis Iran mengambil model Nabi Muhammad saw yang mencerminkan keindahan, keremajaan dan keserasian.

    bamerum

    July 23, 2012 at 8:17 am

  4. Imam Khomeini like this picture a lot , TV always showed tis picture in his room .

    Ezra

    September 19, 2012 at 6:16 am

  5. [...] is a coloured photograph from an original (history: http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/mohammed/), badly revamped by me in Paintshop to look as if the young prophet has a nice Muslim beard, and a [...]


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