Paramount has been advised by censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates that Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic “Noah” will not be released in those countries. Similar rulings are expected to happen in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait.
While it has been reported that members of American religious groups have had issues with the accuracy of the film adaptation, in this case the argument is over something else entirely – the film portrays a prophet, thereby contradicting Islamic law.
In Egypt, the leading Sunni Muslim institute Al-Azhar issued a statement condemning the film and saying the movie should be banned: “Al-Azhar renews its rejection to the screening of any production that characterizes Allah’s prophets and messengers and the companions of the Prophet [Muhammad]. Therefore, Al-Azhar announces the prohibition of the upcoming film about the Allah’s messenger Noah — peace be upon him.”
“Noah” begins its global rollout later this month.