Middle East Studies

“From Forbidden Love to The Magnificent Century: Turkish Soap Operas in the Arab Middle East”

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St. Providence, RI 02906

Introductory comments, a few video clips, followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Presented by Pelin Kadercan, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, and Sarah Tobin, Associate Director Middle East Studies.

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Turkish Soap Operas such as Gümüs (Silver in English; Noor in Arabic) and the recent Muhtesem Yüzyil (Magnificent Century in English; Hareem as-sultan in Arabic) have launched high-production value Ramadan novellas into the homes of millions of Arabs. This trend has regional ramifications for politics, economics, and social and cultural life. During this event, we will watch two controversial episodes of recent soap operas and explore the latest developments in relations between Turkey and the Arab Middle East.

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