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Manga Version of Koran to Be Published in Japan

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Manga de Dokuha series released Old, New Testament in 2010

Team Banmikasu's manga adaptation of the Koran, Manga de Dokuha: Koran (Reading Through with Manga: The Koran), will ship in Japan on Sunday. The adaptation of the Islamic religious text will be the latest installment in Japanese publisher East Press' Manga de Dokuha series of classic literature.

East Press describes the book on its website:

The Koran is the foundation of the daily life and ideology of people who believe in the teachings of Islam. The name Islam is often heard in the daily news, but because we Japanese aren't usually familiar with it, a perverted image [of Islam] as abstemious or linked to terrorism is liable to persist. So what kind of teachings do [Muslims] actually believe in? What are they thinking about? To understand the modern international community and Islam, let's try to experience the scriptures where all that is written down.

The Manga de Dokuha series launched in 2007 and includes 133 famous works by Japanese and international authors. Popular books in the series include the manga version of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf and an adaptation of Karl Marx's Das Kapital treatise. The series released manga of the Old Testament and New Testament, the two sections of the Christian Bible, in 2010.

The East Press series' debut title was Osamu Dezai's No Longer Human novel that JManga, a platform for reading legal manga online, added in 2011. JManga also added Variety Art Works' version of the Manga de Dokuha series' The Word of Buddha in 2012. North American publisher One Peace Books released the series' versions of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, James Joyce's Ulysses, and H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds novels in 2012.

The Bible has previously received several manga adaptations, including Tyndale House Publishers' Manga Bible in 2007.

Source: Comic Natalie


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