Back in 2003 during the battle for Baghdad, crowds of Iraqi citizens reacted to the fall of Saddam by hitting his portraits with their shoes and stomping on his toppled statues.
Being touched by a foot or a shoe is considered a grievous insult in the Arab world. The latest incident of foot-related Muslim offense involves putting Allah’s name on a sports shoe manufactured in China.
Does this mean that protesters in Pakistan will burn the Chinese flag or the Chinese embassy?
According to ANSAmed:
Algeria: Shoes with Allah Inscription Under Fire
(ANSAmed) — ALGIERS, MARCH 10 — Over 170 pairs of sports shoes with the inscription Allah in Arabic were seized by the Algerian police after the reports of many people stunned by this product considered offensive for the Muslims.
The shoes, counterfeit Adidas made in China, have been found in many Algerian markets, in particular in Skikda (east), Algiers and Tizi Ouzou, daily Liberté reports. A real controversy sparked off on many blogs used mainly by young Algerians.
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“What does it mean? That those who wear these shoes trample on Allah,” some say, while others ask themselves who is behind the making of this product. Some pairs of jeans with the inscription Allah in Arabic on one pocket are also under accusation. “Must we sit on Allah?”.
“Do we know to what insults of this type to the Muslims lead?” Liberté underlines, reminding of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and the anger of the Islamic world. (ANSAmed).
I searched diligently for a photo of the offending chaussure, but without success. The original story in Liberté is here.
Hat tip: insubria.