23 January 2006

Holy Fatwa, Meccaman!

Ann Althouse linked to a New York Times report about a Kuwaiti businessman who is developing a comic book series for Muslim children. "The 99" is based upon Islamic teachings that God comprises 99 distinct qualities. The article features a few of the comic characters, including Jabbar, who exemplifies "expandable"; initially, I misread that as "expendable", which seemed quite plausible as a Muslim value in light of some recent events. There's as yet no word whether these comics will compete head-to-head with the Catholic Incredible Popeman and secular Nelson Mandela comics noted here some time ago. I haven't reviewed all 99 qualities, but unless one of them is "great sense of humor", I suspect this series may not be long for this world.

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