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Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohammed finished his towering statue of the country's first emir over four decades ago.Stymied by a conservative view of Islam that bans representations of the body, the 75-year-old can't get his work displayed to the public in his homeland. Like Christianity and Judaism, Islam bans idol worship, but some Muslims go further and forbid any representation of the human form.It opened in 2003 and boasts multiple statues by Kuwaiti artists in its collection.Artist Badr Fadel Alemdar, 42, is convinced he knows the reason sculptures are being hidden.The statue was removed after some insisted it violated Islam.
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