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The Muslim man with a ‘forbidden’ job: making Christian religious statues

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 07/22/17

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Mohammad Lahham is a sculptor in Lebanon who fled the war in Syria five years ago with his wife, two children and his parents. Now based in a southern suburb of Beirut, he creates sculptures of Christian saints at a roadside studio 40km south of the city. He says people tell him his job is forbidden – referencing Islamic tradition that discourages depictions of deities in physical form. But he enjoys the work, saying that breaking taboos can help bring people together.

Watch a video of him at work here. 

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