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Indonesian Introduces An Islamic “Barbie Doll”

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:

A worker is surrounded by Salma dolls as she dresses one in Jakarta.

Barbie inspires modest, Muslim Indonesian alternative

Wednesday October 10

By Lenita Sulthani

JAKARTA – There are no hot shorts or crop tops for this Barbie-lookalike, and certainly no boyfriend. An Indonesian has come up with a modest alternative to the popular doll which she hopes will inspire virtue in Muslim girls.

Called Salma, from the Arabic word for peace, the doll comes dressed in a variety of costumes, ranging from the black “abaya” cloak to a loose-fitting white prayer dress.

All Salma’s clothes are long-sleeved and down to her ankles and come with matching headscarves that cover her hair.

Salma’s creator, businesswoman Sukmawati Suryaman, said she was inspired to create a modestly dressed doll last year after seeing her niece playing with Barbie.

“I remember thinking that I wish we had Muslim dolls like these as we all know that children easily imitate their toys,” she told Reuters…

The dolls are then packed into boxes and sold via retailers or the Internet… for between 60,000 to 80,000 rupiah ($7 to $9).

On the Web site, Salma is called the “Muslim Barbie doll”.

Suryaman sells about 200 units a month, with the number usually rising towards the Eid al-Fitr Muslim feast that ends the holy month of Ramadan, a time when families exchange gifts.

She plans to export the doll to neighbouring Malaysia and Brunei, which also have large Muslim populations.

“I think she can be a role model, she is an alternative. Barbie wears skimpy cloths while Salma dressed in modest way with headscarf,” said Tina, an Indonesian mother who was buying Salma dolls for her daughters.

But is this Barbie anatomically correct? That is, has she had undergone what is euphemistically called “female circumcision”?

Oh, and never mind that dolls, being idols of animate objects, are haram under Sharia law anyway.

On the Web site, Salma is called the “Muslim Barbie doll”.

Conveniently, all trademark and copyright nonsense is ignored under Muslim law.


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Weirdly, the collection features no Barbies armed to the teeth or in suicide vests.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Indonesian Introduces An Islamic “Barbie Doll””

  1. dharbi123 says:

    i am the largest Islamic and Islamic dolls,clothes seller in the USA and I am adding Salma to my collection.my website is muslimtoysanddolls.com fee aman Allah,Sister Debbie

    • David says:

      Sister Debbie,
      My daughter really likes playing with her Salma doll. However, last week I found my son taking off the doll’s hajab. Should I beat the doll or my daughter or perhaps beat my daughter with the doll? I’m a little confused now.
      But that’s ok, it seems you are too.
      By the way, congrats on being the “largest Islamic.” I don’t know what that title means, but don’t stop eating those Halal twinkies!

  2. wirenut says:

    Sister Debbie,
    i am the largest manufacturer of little plastic pellets that could be used as stones for Salma’s honor killing.
    Kenajab, Salma’s Dad doll, has a great throwing arm. maybe we can hook-up on production?

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