Turkish Soap Operas

Posted: November 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Turkish soap operas have won over huge television audiences throughout the Arab world. One of them, called “Noor” has become so popular that it made Istanbul a favourite tourist destination for millions of Arabs.

On the success of Turkish soap operas, see this article in the New York Times, Turks Put Twist in Racy Soaps” and this article “The Arab World’s Dallas”  Also see this article in the Atlantic magazine, “The Islamic World’s Culture War Played Out on TV Soap Operas“.

This article in the New York Times recounts how a new Turkish soap is taking on a sensitive social issue in Turkish society — child brides. This article cites a study blaming Turkish soap operas for divorces in the United Arab Emirates: “Turkish soap operas blamed for UAE divorces“. This article recounts how, tragically, a man in Yemen killed five people after watching a Turkish soap opera: “Yemini kills five people after watching Turkish soap opera“. Finally, this article in the Guardian describes the Arab tourist boom in Istanbul thanks to the popularity of Turkish soaps such as “Noor”. 

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