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Rijksmuseum Distances Itself from Its Islam Cartoon
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is distancing itself "from the significance" of a cartoon from 1683 which it is currently exhibiting. A furore arose in Turkish media.
The print shows the Ottoman sultan lying sick in bed after losing a pitched battle by Vienna. A remarkable detail is that the royal commode is beside the bed with the Koran next to it as toilet paper. Such prints were popular in Europe after the Ottoman defeat in the siege of Vienna.
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