Source: BBC News
On March 23, 2006 BBC News reported, "Some 300 Muslim scholars have begun meeting in Bahrain to discuss the row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The conference follows a wave of demonstrations in which at least 50 people died in the wake of the images' publication in Denmark and elsewhere. The scholars are hoping to come up with a strategy to mobilise Muslims in defence of the Prophet. One leading hardline cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, told delegates that a war was being waged against Islam. The cartoon controversy has strained relations between Islam and the West. It has triggered demonstrations in many countries, boycotts of Danish goods and the resignation of government ministers in Italy and Sweden. The row has lost some of its heat but is not yet over. BBC Islamic affairs analyst Roger Hardy says the conference is designed to show that the sense of injury in the Muslim world is still palpable."