Skip to comments.A Subversive Soap Roils Saudi Arabia
Posted on 08/03/2008 10:08:49 PM PDT by forkinsocket
A Turkish soap opera featuring an independent fashion designer and her amazingly supportive and attractive husband is emptying the streets whenever it's on and has more than doubled the number of Saudis visiting Turkey this summer.
Millions of people -- especially women, apparently -- are tuning in nightly to find out whether the couple will stay together or be torn apart by jealousies and old flames.
But "Noor," the story of a multi-generational, upper-class Turkish family, has also sparked a backlash. The show has become the subject of angry Friday sermons in this strict Islamic kingdom, and the country's chief cleric recently issued a fatwa calling it "decadent" and sinful to watch.
"Noor" has had such a deep influence because, unlike American or Mexican soap operas broadcast here, it is about a Muslim family living in a Muslim country. The show is also dubbed in an Arabic dialect, not classical Arabic, which makes it easier to understand and feels more intimate to viewers.
And then, there's that husband.
The blue-eyed, blond Muhannad, played by Kivanc Tatlitu, a 24-year-old Turkish actor and model, is tall, handsome, romantic, respectful and treats his wife, Noor -- the title character -- as both a love object and an equal.
"Saudi women fantasize about what they're lacking," said Amira Kashgari, an assistant linguistics professor at King Abdul Aziz University who writes about social issues for al-Watan newspaper. "They are almost obsessed with this show because of the way he interacts with and treats his wife."
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I was thinking soap made from pig lard.
So, it may turn out the way to win the war is not with an atom bomb, but with a soap opera.
Gotta love it. The “religion of peace” roiled by a “piece”.
(I was thinking the same thing)
All stinking pinko hippies find soap to be subversive to their lifestyle.
Things like this make them look (even more) like total morons who want to drag the world back 1500 years. Go ahead. Outlaw it. Have the Mutawa peek in people's windows and arrest and torture the people watching it. Forbid satellite dishes and tv's.
All that you'll end up with will be a regime as hated as Iran is by it's own people.
Least I keep being told that they're hated. haven't seen much in the last 20 years about taking them down beyond talk but that's another discussion I guess.