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Turkish Drama Series Gain Popularity in Arab World

Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat - Nur, Rafif, Elif and Yilmaz among others are without doubt the stars of the silver screen today. These names have paved the way for the success of Turkish television drama series in the Arab world.
Turkish soaps such as ‘Nur’, ‘Years of Loss’ and ‘Bouquet of Flowers’, which have been dubbed into the Syrian Arabic dialect to be broadcast on Arab satellite channels have rapidly captured the attention of various groups of society, not only women. They have previously been dubbed into German, Romanian and other European languages to be broadcast in Europe.

These television dramas deal with social issues within the framework of overlapping stories and dramatic plots for suspense. These series look at issues such as love, family values, society, unemployment, poverty and greed from an Eastern angle.

If most Arab viewers in general, and Saudis in particular, are able to imagine life for instance in Mexico as a result of the numerous dubbed drama series that reflect major problems within that society, life in some countries that share some ideological and ethnic links with Arab societies, such as Turkey for example, is somewhat unknown to the majority that has not had the opportunity to visit that country.

Turkish drama series, which have gained substantial popularity, portray the Eastern attitude towards family, women and traditions. There are similar taboo issues and as a result of the dubbing, it seems as if the series is based on another Arab society.

Abdulaziz, 22 years old, is a dedicated fan of Turkish drama series. He admires the acting, the plots and the courage shown in dealing with taboo subjects in Eastern societies.

Social worker Layla Abu Shama emphasised that the popularity of Turkish series amongst women in particular is proof that these programs deal with topics that correspond to their own personal issues and aspirations. “It is important that parents talk to their children and discuss their interests as this reflects what is going on in their minds,” she said.
 

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I can't believe that! I didn't know that Turkish series are that popular in the region. The first were broadcasted in Turkic countries, then in some Balkan countries and some time ago I heard that they are popular in U.A.E and I see that they are popular in Lebanon. Syria and Jordan as well. Do you guys have an explanation for that?
 

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I hope "Avrupa Yakasi" will be broadcasted as well, it's the funniest thing broadcasted in Turkey ever!

Strangest characters ever...
 

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As a Turk I would like to apologize for all the crappy drama series my country is exporting... :angel:
Thank you.

My mom and my aunts were addicted to "Deli Yurek" (or something) and my granny likes those Ramadan dramas from Samanyolu TV. :D Those shows are way worse than Latin American soap operas and equaly as bad as Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian sitcoms. And as a human I would like to apologise other humans for existence of non-British TV dramas and sitcoms.
 

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You even have these short dramas broadcasted on Samanyolu TV? Woah!! They are real crap! There are 3-4 really good series among 20 that are broadcasted.

My favourite is "Elveda Rumeli" now. It's about the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans and the conflicts between different ethnics during the fall. A Turkish family with 5 daughters are the main characters.

Really good casting! It's shot in Macedonia to be more realistic, they also use the dialect there while speaking.
 

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Why crappy? It might not be your taste but they are professional!
They're as professional as a Brazilian or Mexican soap opera ;) (people making long slow speeches, cameras swinging this way and that way for no obvious reason, no proper plot, cheesy dramatics....should I continue?)
 

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Thank you.

My mom and my aunts were addicted to "Deli Yurek" (or something) and my granny likes those Ramadan dramas from Samanyolu TV. :D Those shows are way worse than Latin American soap operas and equaly as bad as Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian sitcoms. And as a human I would like to apologise other humans for existence of non-British TV dramas and sitcoms.
I second that motion :D

Although various American TV series are probably the best ones circulating the globe (like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, etc)
 
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