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The Muslim man with ‘forbidden’ job

Mohammad Lahham is a sculptor in Lebanon who fled the war in Syria five years ago with his wife, two children and his parents.

Now based in a southern suburb of Beirut, he creates sculptures of Christian saints at a roadside studio 40km south of the city.

He said people tell him his job is forbidden – referencing Islamic tradition that discourages depictions of deities in physical form.

But he enjoys the work, saying that breaking taboos can help bring people together.

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