"Imam has many interests, Indiana. Priest. Scholar. Astronomer. If anyone can can explain the markings, he can."―Sallah el-Kahir[src]
As an acquaintance of Sallah el-Kahir, Sallah believed that Imam would be able to translate the markings on the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra for Indiana Jones in his search to acquire the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis in 1936 due to Imam's talents as priest, scholar, and an astronomer.
Five years later, in August 1941, Indiana Jones sought out Imam at his desert abode in the Sinai Peninsula while seeking help in the decryption of an inscription he was using to unravel the mystery of Mount Sinai and discover what the Nazis were looking for there.
Behind the scenesEdit
Imam was played by the late Tutte Lemkow in Raiders of the Lost Ark. A later development to the film's screenplay, his role was previously occupied by Spencer Jules, a Holmesian-like former student of Abner Ravenwood and college roommate of Indiana Jones.
In Islam, an imam is a leader of a mosque and/or community who leads prayer during gatherings. Indiana Jones sources vary on treating "Imam" as the character's name (as it is in the script) or his position.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark novel (First appearance)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Raiders of the Lost Ark comic
- Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai