Yale University Press, that's who.
It’s not all that surprising that Yale University Press would be wary of reprinting notoriously controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a forthcoming book. After all, when the 12 caricatures were first published by a Danish newspaper a few years ago and reprinted by other European publications, Muslims all over the world angrily protested, calling the images — which included one in which Muhammad wore a turban in the shape of a bomb — blasphemous. In the Middle East and Africa some rioted, burning and vandalizing embassies; others demanded a boycott of Danish goods; a few nations recalled their ambassadors from Denmark. In the end at least 200 people were killed.
So Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005 (emphasis added).
Considering that Yale University Press is an academic enterprise, and therefore supposedly devoted to free inquiry even in the face of established norms and accepted wisdom, it is quite striking that it should be publishing a book about the controversial cartoons without even bothering to include any illustrations of said cartoons for the edification of the book's readers! Yale University Press has in effect declared that Muslims now have a veto on what will go into its books, a privilege extended to no other religious community. The following passage is particularly telling in this respect.
[John Donatich, the director of Yale University Press] noted that he had been involved in publishing other controversial books — like “The King Never Smiles” by Paul M. Handley, a recent unauthorized biography of Thailand’s current monarch — and “I’ve never blinked.” But, he said, “when it came between that and blood on my hands, there was no question.”
In short, Mr. Donatich openly acknowledges that the difference between Thai monarchists and Muslims is that the Thais lack the tendency to engage in acts of murder when their King is treated in a less than reverential manner: what Mr. Donatich does not explicitly say, but which is also apparent when reading between the lines, is that the blood he worries so much about being on his hands is very likely his own ...
Now, as for the likely global reaction to an inclusion of the cartoons in a book about them, instead of offering my own personal opinion, I prefer to defer on this occasion to someone much better placed to prognosticate, al-Hajj Ibrahim Gambari.
[Donatich] quoted one of the experts consulted by Yale — Ibrahim Gambari, special adviser to the secretary general of the United Nations and the former foreign minister of Nigeria — as concluding: “You can count on violence if any illustration of the prophet is published. It will cause riots, I predict, from Indonesia to Nigeria.”
If a Muslim academic in good-standing like Dr. Gambari can state that his co-religionists are thin-skinned and prone to violence for the flimsiest of reasons, who am I to differ with the man's opinion?
What makes this sordid story even more depressing is the cowardice displayed by the advisors who recommended to Yale University Press that the cartoons be left out of Jytte Klausen's book:
Aside from the disagreement about the images, Ms. Klausen said she was also disturbed by Yale’s insistence that she could read a 14-page summary of the consultants’ recommendations only if she signed a confidentiality agreement that forbade her from talking about them. “I perceive it to be a gag order,” she said, after declining to sign. While she could understand why some of the individuals consulted might prefer to remain unidentified, she said, she did not see why she should be precluded from talking about their conclusions.
Bad enough that these advisors should be scared out of their minds by the prospect of having their names attached to their opinions, but to resist the publication of said opinions even anonymously? That betrays a level of paranoia about the threat posed by Muslims which outdoes even the likes of Bat Ye'or and other perpetrators of "Eurabia" conspiracy theories; at least the "Eurabia" propagandists are unafraid to sign their names to what they write.
What a remarkable thing it is to see that the same intellectual timidity which led to the end of Islam's "golden age", and continues to keep the Islamic world in backwardness today, now extends even into the heart of one of the Western world's most prestigious academic institutions. At this rate the entirety of the Yale faculty might as well just recite the Shahada and be done with it, given how little difference it would make in practical terms.