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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Prophet

Here is an Iranian-produced response to "The Innocence of Muslims". It has many differences from that film, most notably the fact that you can watch more than thirty seconds without wincing at the amateurish quality. Most of the film is concerned with pre-Islamic religions and their views on future prophets: it deals very sympathetically with Zoroastrianism and Judaism (both of which are of course well-established religions in Iran), with Christianity, Jainism, Hinduism and even Sikhism (though I was rather amused that all they could find to link Sikhs to Islam was that their holy book Guru Granth Sahib mentions the existence of Muslims!) OK, the Jains and Zoroastrians are still waiting for the prophet after Muhammed, and the whole "Son of God" business is omitted from Christianity, but the point is that the film-makers are out to promote the idea, familiar to Unitarians, that there is a common core to all the great religions. Now for sure there are plenty of Muslims out there who would have no more truck with the idea than the average Bible-belt Christian fundamentalist: but it's interesting to see such an idea being put forward by Iranian Muslims. No religion is being made fun of or attacked, whereas of course in TIOM itself the entire point ofthe film is to attack and ridicule Islam. As one of the Youtube commenters says, it's a pity the subtitles are hard to read. But well worth watching whatever your religion.

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