Barbie-like doll recites Koran

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/9/6 19:03:40

French businesswoman Samira Amarir struggled to find toys which could help impart her Islamic faith to her young daughter, so she invented one.

Now the Barbie-look-alike "Jenna" doll, which she designed from scratch to recite four chapters from the Koran, has entered mass production and is on sale in Gulf Arab countries.

"When my daughter Jenna turned two years old, I was looking for a toy or a tool," Amarir said.

"The idea was to come up with a toy that would enable her to learn the Koran fast and easily while she plays."

Jenna, with a name derived from the Arabic word for heaven, comes dressed in a lengthy "abaya" robe with a matching purple headscarf.

Designing the doll using online modeling software, Amarir decided to give it a dark skin tone and little makeup.

"For me it was important that the doll would show something my daughter can recognize herself, or recognize her mother at least," she said.

The four chapters that Jenna recites are designed to be easy to memorize.


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