Taken from the BBC
The angry reactions to the Pope's original remarks included the killing of an Italian nun in Somalia and attacks on Christian churches in Palestinian territories.
But several Muslim writers argued that such violent reactions appeared to confirm the very things that Muslims have been seeking to refute.
Some concluded that it would have been better to engage in a rational debate with the Pope.
The European Muslim scholar, Tarik Ramadan, blamed Muslim leaders and scholars for such violent responses.
Leaders who deny their people freedom of expression, he wrote, find it convenient to allow their people to let off some steam as long as it is about Danish cartoons or words uttered by the Pope.
["Is] it was wise of Muslims to feel offended by the Pope's quotation from a 14th Century Christian emperor while they continue to ignore questions they have faced over the past five years about the meaning of the term "jihad" and the legitimate use of force[?"]
Khaled Hroub, a Jordanian-born academic, wrote that the aggressive and intolerant reactions failed to live up to the ideals Muslims believe in.
One columnist, Abdelwahab Al Affendi, ridiculed those who demanded a retraction of the Pope's original remarks.
Mr Al Effendi wrote saying that nothing short of the Pope's converting to Islam will ever assuage the anger of those people!