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Kingdom’s grand mufti condemns ‘malicious’ Turkish soap operas.

JEDDAH: The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, has condemned Turkish soap operas, which have charmed millions of people across the Arab world, and prohibited people from watching them, Al-Watan daily reported yesterday.

“It is not permitted to look at these serials or watch them. They contain so much evil; they destroy people’s ethics and are against our values,” said the mufti during the closing ceremony of a forum, which took place in Riyadh on Friday. He added that these “malicious” Turkish soap operas corrupt individuals and spread vice in society.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, Arab News 30 Comments [7/30/2008 5:17:54 AM]
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How do you look at a show without watching it.

7/30/2008 5:29:09 AM


“It is not permitted to look at these serials or watch them. They contain so much evil; they destroy people’s ethics and are against our values,”

Are you talking about a Turkish soap opera or BET?

7/30/2008 5:31:59 AM


Must be some good soap operas.

7/30/2008 5:32:36 AM

I agree. Soap operas do suck balls.

7/30/2008 5:33:07 AM


When they're watching soap operas, people aren't thinking about how much of a waste of time your religion is.

7/30/2008 6:08:43 AM


Yeah Soap operas are horrible.

This guy reminds me of that Harry Potter ban lady. Never read them but she just KNEW they were teaching witchcraft.

7/30/2008 6:39:19 AM


Does someone ***gasp!*** show their ankles?

7/30/2008 10:43:35 AM


Mind control for the masses strikes again.

7/30/2008 12:00:59 PM

Jérôme ^

Oh Noes! Turkish cinema is such a delight to watch(*), their soap operas must be fantastic! This is a crime against culture. And I mean it.

(*) Anybody seen Turkish Star Wars, or Tarkan vs. the Vikings?

7/30/2008 12:12:24 PM

Mister Spak

What about Turkish porn?

7/30/2008 1:05:31 PM

The Jamo

You know, I'll even agree that soap operas are crap and a complete waste of time, but seriously, this guy needs to get out more.

7/30/2008 1:25:10 PM


Soap operas suck, but you can always turn off the TV.

7/30/2008 1:44:55 PM

I guess this guy has never heard of a remote.

7/30/2008 2:13:28 PM


Ok, this reminds me of a great video I watched, Muslim Girls Gone Wild, only NSFW if you live in an Islamic country:

7/30/2008 2:50:49 PM

Allegory for Jesus

Oh yes, the whole "evil immoral brainwashing television" routine. Good to see that Christians don't have a monopoly on those tired rants.

7/30/2008 3:07:40 PM


The grand mufti has a serious pickle up his ass.

7/30/2008 3:16:44 PM


I wanna be a mufti. It would be rilly neet to sit around and condemn things for a living.

7/30/2008 3:37:51 PM

Princess Rot

No, dearie. Religiously-enforced sexual repression and women-as-chattel promotes vice in society.

7/30/2008 3:37:59 PM


I've never seen a Turkish soap opera, but if they're as lurid as Latin American telenovelas...
Turkish music is great. Nazan Öncel is one of the most popular singers, and she is excellent, and beautiful. Get a grip, dude, and enjoy. Turkey one Muslim country that's secular enough not to breed legions of suicide bombers.

7/30/2008 3:52:47 PM


Quick people aren't paying attention to us! Do something Abdul!

7/30/2008 4:06:37 PM


Finally, some good moves by Saudi Arabia.

7/30/2008 4:11:23 PM


*sighs* if only this was true in england. Not the fundie bit, but the banning soap opera's bit

7/30/2008 6:59:09 PM


It's them darned Ottomans again!

Always stickin' their nose into the Arabs' business.

7/30/2008 7:22:23 PM


Well, soap operas ARE evil... But generally, if the Wahhabis are against something, I'm all for it. Noor, here I come!

Also, tracer: Haha! :D

7/30/2008 7:28:52 PM

David D.G.

If Turkish soap operas are anything like the American variety, then, yes, they probably ARE junk -- as is at least 97% of what gets shown on television in general (at least here).

But nobody should have the right to forbid the general population from watching them. That's the same as forcing arbitrary censorship, merely enacting it from the other direction (which is practically impossible to do).

I wonder how long the Middle East nations' populations will put up with this treatment from their authorities, being treated like naughty toddlers -- with those authorities acting out the role of vicious, insanely strict parents. I'm guessing about another 500 years, maximum.

~David D.G.

7/30/2008 7:47:25 PM

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