The Raaba Songs on the Companions of Prophet Mohammed
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Artist: Khalil Abdel Karim
Confronting Bodies: Egypt's artistic production police
Dates of Action: January 14, 1998
Description of Artwork: Abdel Karim's book, The Raaba Songs on the Companions of Prophet Mohammed
The Incident: Fifteen copies of this book and another book by Karim, The Yathrib Society, were taken by police from the Sina Publishing House. No court order was produced, however, the books were accused of violating an eight-month-old law that bans "blasphemous" material.
Results of Incident: The books were taken.
Source: Index on Censorship, 2/98