« The Turkish Soap Opera « Noor », More Real than Life » – Qantara

Photographs depicting the lead characters of Turkish TV soap 'Noor' are being arranged in a factory in the West Bank city of Hebron. Source : Qantara

 » From Saudi Arabia to Morocco: Every evening the Turkish series « Noor » draws millions of people to their television sets. The show is about love, intimacy and equality; no social taboo is ignored. Some see in « Noor » proof of social change, others only fiction. Alfred Hackensberger reports

[…] This is male behavior that women here only know from Western film productions and that does not occur in Arab TV productions. For many female viewers gentle Mohannad is a male ideal.

« Our society », explains the Vice President of Bahrain’s Women’s Union, Fatima Rabea, « is not accustomed to such intimacy and love. We are so busy with our everyday lives that a loving relationship takes a back seat. The TV series ‘Noor’ has now awakened the desire for this. »

« Satanic and immoral, » is how the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia described the Turkish television series « Noor » while demanding that TV stations immediately cancel this « attack on God and his prophets ».

In the Palestinian city of Nablus a member of the parliament and preacher from the radical Islamist party Hamas warned against the series, which violates « religion, values, and tradition ».

The criticism from both conservative dignitaries is not directed solely at the liberal TV role model of man and woman. The Turkish soap opera has broken other social taboos in conservative Muslim societies, which has also contributed to the success of the series. […] »

Source : Qantara.de


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