“New TV series criticized for depiction of sultan’s life, empire” – Today’s Zaman

A scene from the controversial TV show “Muhteşem Yüzyıl”. Source : Today's Zaman

“A new TV series about famous Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, also known as Kanuni Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Lawmaker), has sparked severe criticism for the way that the series depicts the empire and the life of the sultan.

Academic and historian Beyazıt Akman called the show “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (Magnificent Century) a setback for a public that has only just begun to make peace with its history in recent years.

“An episode begins with the sword and continues with slaves who are treated like animals and ends with naked cariye women [concubines] and has all the clichés of the ‘Barbarian Turks’ concept,” he told the Cihan news agency. Akman also emphasized that the sultan depicted in the series is in no way reflective of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman.(…)”

Source : Today’s Zaman

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