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To unlock the puzzle, she enlarged the letters and examined them from all angles, including from behind.

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The new find now raises fascinating questions about the grave's occupants.

Swedish woman reading at museum

I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and the right to be provocative, and then they asked me to cut up the cake," the minister said. For Larsson though, her discovery offers much promise for the future.

Swedish woman reading at museum

Two years ago, researchers re-examined a silver ring from a female tomb at Birka and found the phrase "for Allah" inscribed on the stone. More on this story.

Maybe they appear in non-textile artefacts too. According Sewdish Radio Sweden, the museum said the cake was supposed to highlight the issue of female circumcision.

To unlock the puzzle, she enlarged the letters and examined them from all angles, including from behind. He also became the fourth leader of the Muslim community after Muhammad died. The cake was in the shape of the naked upper body of an African woman and was filled with a blood-red sponge.

Again the text was Kufic, developed in the Iraqi town of Kufah in the 7th Century - one of the first Arabic scripts used to write down the Koran. But unlike Larsson's find, these examples usually include both the name depicted the correct way around and the reflection.

Although both Sunnis and Shia revere Ali as an important companion of Muhammad, he has elevated status amongst the Shia, who see him as the Prophet's spiritual heir. What makes Larsson's discovery so interesting is that it is rexding first time historic items mentioning Ali have ever been unearthed in Scandinavia.

But the Association for African Swedes said it was a crude racist caricature and called for Ms Liljeroth to re. Kitimbwa Sabuni, a spokesperson for the group, told Swedish news agency TT: "To say that you did this for a good cause only makes the mockery of people who are victims of racism and of circumcision worse.

These can sometimes include mirrored script. Historic first Contact between the Viking and Muslim worlds has long been established by historic s and the discovery of Islamic coins across the northern hemisphere. Swedish minister in 'racist cake' controversy Published 18 April image captionCulture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth cut the cake at an art event Sweden's culture minister is facing calls to step down after she was photographed cutting Swedush cake shaped in the form of a naked black woman.

Mr Linde painted his own face and took the place of the head.