Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wham! Bam! Islam!

99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah. That's the idea behind a comic book called The 99. The creator, Kuwaiti psychologist, Naif Al-Mutawa, wanted to provide Muslim kids with meaningful role models. But not everyone liked his comic book. When it was first released in 2006, some conservative Muslim leaders thought that he was rewriting the Quran and it was banned in Saudi Arabia.

In 2010, PBS Independent Lens released a documentary about the comic book. That's the documentary trailer above.  And here's a nice story about the book from CNN.
Below, you can watch a short Ted talk that Naif Al-Mutawa gave in 2010 when the book was released.

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