Flood of protest greets movie about Noah
Egypt's top Islamic body said yesterday the big budget Hollywood biblical epic Noah was irreligious and should not be screened in the country.
The Al-Azhar institute, an influential Sunni Muslim authority, said the movie, due in Egypt on March 26, violates Islam by portraying a prophet. The film has already angered Christian bodies in the US, with Russell Crowe's reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah.
Portraying a prophet "contradicts the stature of prophets and messengers and antagonises the faithful", Al-Azhar said.
Egypt censored the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code after protests from the Orthodox Coptic Church. But it allowed Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ , which depicts Jesus's crucifixion. Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet and was not crucified.