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'Noah' Banned in Most of the Muslim World

09-08-2014
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Much of the Muslim world has banned the movie "Noah."

Officials in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar said the movie will not be allowed in theaters because it contradicts the teachings of Islam. 

One of Islam's most revered religious institutions, Al-Azhar in Egypt, issued an edict saying it objects to the film because it violates Islamic law by depicting a prophet and that could "provoke the feelings of believers."

Muslim majority countries, including Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Morocco, said government censors probably won't approve the movie there either.

"There are scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible, so we decided not to show it," Juma Al-Leem, director of media content at the National Media Center in the UAE, said.

Paramount Pictures added a disclaimer, saying "artistic license has been taken" after some Christians questioned the film's accuracy.

"Noah" opens this month in theaters across the United States.

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