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Iraq's Spiritual Leader Calls for Night Club Ban

Author: Jonty Adderley (
Saturday, April 26, 2003
Mohammed Fartusi, the mullah of Bagdad's biggest mosque al-Heqma, called for Iraqis to embrace his vision of a purist Islamic nation this week, by outlawing singing and dancing on the grounds that they're 'bad things'(The Observer).

The fundamentalist Mullah made his plea to tens of thousands or Iraqis at last week's Friday prayers, telling the faithful that discoteques are 'symbols of western influence'.

His campaign against night clubs came just weeks after American authorities launched their own concerted crackdown against nightlife, via the frighteningly puritanical RAVE Act, suggesting Iraq is unlikely to be branded 'the new Ibiza' in the foreseeable future.