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Iran bans Da Vinci Code book after 8 editions

July 26, 2006

CBC Arts

Iran has stopped publication of the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code after protests about the book from three Christian clerics.

The Persian translation of Dan Brown's thriller is in its eighth edition in Iran, and books already on the market will not be removed from shelves.

But Iran's culture ministry announced Wednesday that it would not allow another edition to be published.

"Based on the request of three Christian clerics, yesterday we decided to ban its republication," said an official at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, according to Reuters.

Iranian Christians, numbering about 100,000, are a small minority in a country of 69 million Muslims.

However, there are two seats in Iran's parliament for the mainly Christian Armenian community and one for the tiny Assyrian Christian community.

Christian groups around the world have objected to The Da Vinci Code, because it suggests that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and the couple had a child, whose bloodlines survive to this day.

The book, first published in 2003, has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide and been made into a film starring Tom Hanks.

The film has not been permitted into Iran, but is available in pirated DVDs.

Egypt, Pakistan and some states in India have also banned The Da Vinci Code.





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July = Tammuz

Iran bans Da Vinci Code book after 8 editions July 27, 06

Everyone has a Guardian Angel July 26, 06

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Alum to head Mooreland Hill July 24, 06

The End of Christianity in Iraq July 24, 06

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Residents of the Dora are told to Evacuate their homes July 21, 2006

Iraqis watch with sadness July 21, 2006

Turkey Signals It's Prepared to Enter Iraq July 19, 06

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The Endeavour Programme July 13, 06

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Kurdish Regional Government Needs Lessons in Democracy July 5, 06

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Writing Competition 2006 July 3, 06

USCIRF Testifies to Killing, Harassment of Mid east Christians July 2, 06

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Turkey turns the confiscated church into a pornographic movie theatre June 12, 06

Continuing Persecution Renews Calls for Assyrian Safe-Haven in Iraq June 9. 06

Assyrian Demonstrations in Washington D.C. June 8, 06

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Assyrian Christians Object to Exclusion in Iraq Homeland June 07, 06

Welsh Members of UK Parliament Recognize the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide June 6, 06

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New Book Release by Sargon Donabed June, 2, 06 

The European MP letter to the Syrian Embassy June 1, 06

Asking for Equal rights is considered racist by the Kurdish Regional Government June 1, 06



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