Yale U. Press's Attempt to Avoid Risk Has Risks of Its Own

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Jytte Klausen, author of an academic book whose illustrations were removed as a precaution.

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Brandeis U.

Jytte Klausen, author of an academic book whose illustrations were removed as a precaution.

Very few university-press decisions generate much heat beyond the academic world. Yale University Press, however, has lately made headlines in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and many corners of the blogosphere. But this is the kind of publicity no publisher wants.

At issue is the press's decision to remove all the illustrations, including recent and historical images of the Prophet Muhammad, from a