Mohammed Image Archive

Depictions of Mohammed Throughout History

The Mohammed Image Archive is a compendium of images that depict Mohammed (the 7th-century founder of Islam), spanning all historical periods, cultures and genres.

The inspiration for this Archive came from the global controversy over the publication of Mohammed cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, and the need for a comprehensive and even-handed look at the wide variety of Mohammed depictions in Islamic and Western societies from the Middle Ages until today. It will remain online as a resource for those interested in freedom of expression. (Please note that the Arabic name "Mohammed" has over the years been transliterated into Western languages with several different spellings -- some of which you'll encounter on this site -- including Mahomet, Muhammad, and Mohamed.)

The images in the Mohammed Image Archive have been divided into the following categories; click on these links to view the images in each section:

Islamic Depictions of Mohammed in Full

Islamic Depictions of Mohammed with Face Hidden

European Medieval and Renaissance Images

Miscellaneous Mohammed Images

Dante's Inferno

Book Illustrations

Book Covers

Satirical Modern Cartoons

The Jyllands-Posten Cartoons

Recent Responses to the Controversy

Extreme Mohammed

Email Responses from Readers


If the pages above are loading slowly, please click on any of the following links, which lead to mirror sites duplicating the Mohammed Image Archive.

Mirror sites: (Denmark) (Netherlands) (Finland) (U.K.)

Anders' side (Denmark)

H R Nielsen (Denmark)

Dragonfire (USA)

My Freedom of Speech (Norway) (USA) (contains out-of-date version of the Archive)


If you know of any other interesting depictions of Mohammed that you think should be included on this page, email suggestions here. Please do not send suggestions until you have viewed all the pages, to ensure you're not suggesting something already featured here.