Joshua Rivera
December 27, 2014 AT 08:58 PM EST

Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is not having an easy time of it in the Middle East.

 

According to Deadline, state censors in the United Arab Emirates have followed the lead of their counterparts in Egypt and Morocco in banning Ridley Scott’s biblical epic. The director of the UAE’s National Media Council was quoted in Dubai newspaper Gulf News as saying the ban was prompted by “many mistakes not only about Islam but other religions too.”

The move isn’t too surprising considering it’s usualy forbidden in Islamic nations to the portray religious figures like the prophet Moses. Hollywood’s only big biblical epic to break that barrier in recent memory was Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which was far more successful than Exodus (as well as this year’s Noah) in making it past Arab censors.

 

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