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‘Miss World is anti-Muslim,’ say Indonesian clerics ahead of Bali-set show


One of the country’s most influential Islamic groups wants next month’s Miss World cancelled, saying the exposure of skin by women in a competition violates Muslim teachings.

A meeting of clerics was held by the Indonesian Ulema Council to respond to protests from some groups over the hosting of the event in Bali and Jakarta, council chairman Amidan Shaberah said.

“Our position is clear, we reject Indonesia being the host of Miss World,” Mr Shaberah said. “Because exposing their bodies in a contest is against Islamic teachings.”