Turkish soaps 'evil' says Saudi grand mufti

Kingdom's religious leader hits out at TV programmes for destroying local values.
Turkish soaps 'evil' says Saudi grand mufti
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 28 Jul 2008 08:21 AM

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, has condemned Turkish soap operas and prohibited people from watching them.

The religious leader said the programmes contained evil and destroyed people's ethics and values, Arab News reported on Monday.

He added that these “malicious” Turkish soap operas corrupt individuals and spread vice in society.

Al-Asheikh was referring to two Turkish soap operas, “Noor” and “Lost Years,” which have become extremely popular in the Arab world over the last couple of months.

The soaps are dubbed in colloquial Syrian Arabic and are currently being shown on channels run by the MBC Group.

The soaps are proving such a big draw in the Kingdom that many people plan their day around the programmes.

According to mbc.net, “Noor” has become “a turning point in the lives of its Arab audience and the way Arabs view Turkish dramas.”

“The TV series is awaited daily by millions of eager Arab viewers from the Atlantic to the Gulf who follow the latest developments in Muhannad and Noor’s love story. It has opened the door for Arab viewers, especially since it contains an area of romance, which Arabic dramas have recently lacked,” says MBC’s webpage.

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