Harry Potter's worldwide popularity is so broad-based that it has become favorite reading for Islamic terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Lori, who for two years has overseen the detention center's library, said J.K. Rowling's tales about the boy wizard are on top of the request list for the camp's 520 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, followed by Agatha Christie whodunits.
The titles are not all sorcery and murder mysteries. There is, for example, "Sahih Bukhari," a book of sayings and deeds by the prophet Muhammad compiled by the early Arabic scholar Muhammad bin Ismail Bukhari.
"We had someone from the Joint Staff [of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] come down who is a Middle East Islamic specialist and gave recommendations," Lori said.
The library bans certain book categories, such as ones that deal in political thought.
"We try to keep people calm and not incite riots," Lori said.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Harry Potter at Gitmo
from todays Wash Times,