m996.10.346 | Mouammar Kadhafi: Allah Holds Him Tight

Drawing, cartoon
Mouammar Kadhafi: Allah Holds Him Tight
Serge Chapleau
January 8,1986, 20th century
Ink on paper
28 x 21 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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"My pal Qaddafi!!!! This was the first caricature of mine that caused a negative reaction. A journalist even wrote me a letter full of dirty words. But I think that some people simply didn't understand the drawing. The way I see it, Allah knew full well that Qaddafi was a fool and was holding him gently in his arms..."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    After trying to establish a political position that was neither capitalism nor marxism, Libyan leader Muammar Quaddafi steered a new course and embraced the Islamic faith, becoming quite literally its hostage.

  • Where

    Libya is a country in northern Africa, located between Algeria and Egypt.

  • When

    Islamic fundamentalism swept the Arab world, including Libya, in the late 1970s.

  • Who

    Muammar Quaddafi, military leader and politician, and ruler of Libya since 1969.