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Turkish soap operas in the Arab world: social liberation or cultural alienation?

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1 Silver in Turkish


2 Light in Arabic


3 Sakr, Naomi. Arab Television Today. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.
Satellite Realms: Transantional Television Globalization and the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris, 2001.



4 Çemberimde Gül Oya, a 2004 Kanal D production


5 Ihlamurlar Altında, a 2005 Kanal D production


6 Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates). «Noor’ lights up beacons of change.» 28 July 2008.


7 Beirut hosts The 2nd New Arab Woman Forum (NAWF). 11 September 2008.


8 According to its official website, the study gives a panorama of annual TV consumption in over 80 countries and territories worldwide


9 Dagge, John. "The Noor phenomenon." The Middle East, 2008.


10 Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates). «Noor’ lights up beacons of change.» 28 July 2008.


11 Radsch, Courtney C. Arab TV series among top 10 global programs. 30 March 2009.


12 Rossholm, Anna Sofia. Reproducing languages, translating bodies : approaches to speech, translation and cultural identity. Stockholm: Häftad. Almqvist & Wiksell international, 2006.


13 Stam, Robert. Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism, and Film. John Hopkins University, 1989.


14 (Dagge 2008)



16 Al Ahrar (Egypt). «Fatayata so'oudiyat yataa'lamna al turkiya min ajl Muhannad.» 01 July 2008.


17 Al Manar (United Arab Emirates). «A'wdat al haymana al tukiya ba'd al Mixiq'iya.» 06 April 2008: 65.


18 Mansour, Mohamed. «Ba'da mawjat al musalsalat al Mexikiya wal Iraniya wa akhiran al Turkiya.» Al Quds Al Arabi, 17 April 2008: 13.


19 Arabic TV serials too costly, MBC Chairman warns. 21 May 2008.


20 Al Ghad (Jordan). «Al Nouri: Najah' al musalsalat al turkiya youmathel tah'adi lel drama al a'arabiya.» 17 June 2008.


21 Robert Clyde Allen, Annette Hill. The television studies reader . London: Routledge, 2004.Sakr, Naomi. Arab Television Today. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.


22 Middle East has its own Brad Pitt. 11 Mars 2009.


23 Turkish soap star sparks divorces in Arab world. June 29, 2008.


24 Turkish soap opera upends traditional Arab gender roles. NBC News, July 31, 2008.


25 Al Rayah (Qatar). Salman al A'wda Yansah' al MBC bi tahzib al musalsal al Turki Noor. June 30, 2008.


26 (Dagge, 2008)


27 For more details about this event and its symbolic significance, please read : Hammond, Andrew. «Reading Lohaidan in Riyadh: Media and the struggle for judicial power in Saudi Arabia.» Arab Media and Society, Issue 7, Winter 2009


28 Sambidge, Andy. MBC expands soap opera shows despite Mufti fury. 21 October 2008. operas-despite-mufti-outrage.