Se hai scelto di non accettare i cookie di profilazione e tracciamento, puoi aderire all’abbonamento "Consentless" a un costo molto accessibile, oppure scegliere un altro abbonamento per accedere ad

Ti invitiamo a leggere le Condizioni Generali di Servizio, la Cookie Policy e l'Informativa Privacy.

Puoi leggere tutti i titoli di
e 10 contenuti ogni 30 giorni
a €16,99/anno

  • Servizio equivalente a quello accessibile prestando il consenso ai cookie di profilazione pubblicitaria e tracciamento
  • Durata annuale (senza rinnovo automatico)
  • Un pop-up ti avvertirà che hai raggiunto i contenuti consentiti in 30 giorni (potrai continuare a vedere tutti i titoli del sito, ma per aprire altri contenuti dovrai attendere il successivo periodo di 30 giorni)
  • Pubblicità presente ma non profilata o gestibile mediante il pannello delle preferenze
  • Iscrizione alle Newsletter tematiche curate dalle redazioni ANSA.

Per accedere senza limiti a tutti i contenuti di

Scegli il piano di abbonamento più adatto alle tue esigenze.

Qatar: citizens protest Zidane headbutt statue as un-Islamic

Calls for fatwa and removal of offensive depiction

08 October, 17:24

    (ANSAmed) - DOHA, OCTOBER 8 - Qatari citizens have called for Adel Abdessemed's statue ''Coup de Tete'' (Head Butt) to be removed because it is offensive to Islam.

    The five-meter statue depicting footballer Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest during the 2006 World Cup has been placed on the Corniche, a symbolic Doha location.

    The statue is an invitation to idolatry, and Islam forbids making statues and depicting animals and people, protesters claimed. ''We want a legitimate fatwa from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs against this statue! Because statues are not allowed in Islam and Zidane's action was unethical'', one commentator wrote on Twitter.

    ''Who is this Zidane, to be honored with this statue? And what did he do for Qatar? Is it right that anyone who deserves to be honored should be honored against our religion and our creed?'' wrote another.

    In this conservative Islamic country that practices sharia or Koranic law, citizens don't understand why the government has decided to erect a statue of two men, which is also a violation of Islamic principles.

    The October 10 opening of a cycle of 14 Damien Hirst installations is bound to be controversial as well: titled ''The Miraculous Journey'', it represents the phases of life and includes depictions of naked newborns. The show was organized by Qatar Museums Authority Chairperson Al-Mayassa, sister to the ruling emir.

    ''I think the cultural differences are a bit hard. There would be no issue with representing naked newborn in England. This is the first nude sculpture in the Middle East, and Sheikha Al-Mayassa has been very brave'', Hirst told the Doha News. ''Having something like this is less bold than having a lot of nudity. There is a verse in the Koran on the miracle of birth. It is not against our culture or our religion'', Al-Mayassa told the New York Times of the show, Hirst's first ever exhibition in the Middle East. (ANSAmed).

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved