Razanne


Razanne

Razanne is the name of a series of dolls designed and produced by Ammar Saadeh, a Palestinian expatriate now living in Michigan, United States. The dolls hit the consumer markets in 1996. Inspired by the American doll "Barbie", "Razanne" is aimed, according to Saadeh, to help Muslim girls develop self-esteem and to dream. Razanne has a pre-pubescent figure, and all Razanne dolls are equipped with hijab. The United States media already calls "Razanne" the "Muslim Barbie". There are also some further toys and accessories featuring Razanne as a character including a colouring book.

Saadeh hopes the doll will sell well in countries such as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, where it will begin selling in 2004. On the other hand, the doll is expected to sell well in Saudi Arabia, where the doll will also debut in 2004, because Saudi Arabian religious police have banned Barbie there, citing it as a threat to Muslim values. Apart from sales in the United States, the dolls are also sold in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Singapore. Another current doll featuring a positive, but identifiably Islamic female character is the Fulla doll marketed in Saudi Arabia, Brazil, China, and Egypt. It is sold more profitably than Razanne.

ee also

*Barbie
*Fulla (doll)
*Jamila (doll)
*Saghira

External links

* [http://www.noorart.com/ Noorart Inc. Home Page]
* [http://www.noorart.com/s.nl/sc.19/category.77/.f Razanne Dolls]


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