Aug 29, 2006

Mohammed goes to the Alps

Turkey cracks down on book publisher who "Muslimized" books recommended for children and then slapped on the logo of the Turkish Education Ministry.
In one translation, Geppetto's little son Pinocchio says "Give me some bread for the sake of Allah,' and gives thanks to Allah when he becomes an animated marionette.

In Dumas' "Three Musketeers," D'Artagnan while on his way to see Aramis is stopped by an old woman who explains: "You can't see him right now. He is surrounded by men of religion. He converted to Islam after his illness."

Eleanor H. Porter's "Pollyanna" confirms her belief in the Muslim apocalypse, while La Fontaine's fisherman prays using Muslim terminology to catch more fish.

Spyri's Swiss orphan Heidi is told by Ms. Sesasman that "praying is relaxing."

"Invented" phrases employing Muslim terminology were also inserted into classics from masters such as Anton Chekhov and Oscar Wilde.

Via Mick Hartley.

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