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Saudi textbook withdrawn over image of King with 'Star Wars' Yoda

Saudi textbook withdrawn over image of King with 'Star Wars' Yoda”

And as to why he thought of Yoda, he said like the king, the Jedi master was known for his intelligence.

It was all because of a photo mistake, and no one knows how it happened.

In a country where citizens are mandated to practice the official state religion, Saudi Arabian high schoolers got a look at a different type of Force this week when they opened their social studies textbooks.

The textbook contained a 1945 photo of King Faisal, who was a prince and was serving as foreign minister at the time, signing the United Nations Charter in San Francisco.

The 2013 artwork, entitled United Nations (Yoda), is part of a series in which symbols of American pop culture - ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader - are superimposed onto archive photos of historical events.

"He was wise and was always strong in his speeches", said the creator of the image, Abdullah Al Shehri, about the king.

The 26-year-old artist got the idea after coming across a photo of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat meeting Mickey Mouse when skimming through photo archives from the Middle East.

Shehri's art has been shown in galleries in Dubai, Houston and Aspen.

He added that it was his mother, a biology teacher, who had seen his work in the textbook and pointed it out to him.

According to NYT, Saudi education minister Ahmed al-Eissa took to Twitter to apologise for the "unintended mistake" and clarified that the ministry had begun printing corrected versions of the textbook. New copies are now being printed. A committee is trying to find out who put the photo of Yoda and the king into the book in the first place, The Times reported.



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