Saudi Arabia Prints Textbook Showing Yoda Sitting Next To The King

A warning to all students who read this textbook: "You must unlearn what you have learned."

High school students in Saudi Arabia opened their social studies textbooks this week to find that the Force was with them.

A Photoshopped image by Saudi artist Abdullah al-Sheri of Jedi master Yoda — yes, that Yoda from Star Wars — with King Faisal signing the U.N. charter in 1945, was accidentally included in a school textbook across the kingdom.


Nobody is quite sure how the photo managed to make its way into the textbook — even the artist who created the image is confused.

The image was created by 26-year-old Al-Sheri, renowned for mixing pop culture icons into historic photographs.


In 2013, Al-Sheri, who goes by the nickname Shaweesh, created a series of photographs that superimposed American pop culture characters into historical photographs. For example, Captain America is seen with refugees during the evacuation of Fallujah in 1949. Darth Vader also appears in the same art series as does Yoda. Shaweesh says he put Yoda next to King Faisal as he signed the U.N. Charter in 1945 because, like King Faisal, he was "wise, strong and calm."

Al-Sheri says he has no idea how it ended up in the text book. "I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book."

Saudi education minister Ahmed Al-Eissa apologized on Twitter for the mistake.

“The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error,” the education minister said on Twitter.



He said the ministry is withdrawing the textbook and printing a corrected version, as well as forming a legal committee to determine the source of the error.

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