Tamburlaine the Great

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Date: 2005

Region: Europe

Subject: Religious

Medium: Theatre


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Artist: Christopher Marlowe, (1564 - 1593)

Confronting Bodies: play director David Farr, artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic Simon Reade

Date of Action: November 2005

Location: The Barbican, London UK

Description of Artwork: Tamburlaine the Great tells the story of a shepherd-robber who defeats the king of Persia, the Emperor of Turkey and, seeing himself as the "scourge of God," burns the Koran

The Incident: Mr. Farr "adapts" the play, avoiding the comments on the not worthines of Mohamed , and "smooths over" the burning of the Koran, burning a pile of unidentified books indstead.

Results of Incident: Mr. Farr's critics ranged from the public, scholars, and even the muslim council of Britain media secretary Inayat Bungawala for censoring Marlow's masterpiece.

Source: The Times, The times online UK