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|Soap Operas and Ramadan??|
|12/21/00 at 16:43:14|
|Thursday Dec. 7: TV nation|
We've finished iftar. Now it's time for another Ramadan tradition: dueling for possession of the remote control for our TV's satellite dish.
"Well, Dad, maybe its Mum's turn today," suggests our nine-year-old mediator, Hussein.
Whatever its spiritual joys, there are things I dread about Ramadan. Coping without my morning coffee. Getting little sleep. Battling the month's massive traffic jams. And trying to find consensus on who watches what and when on nightly television.
Personally, I think my preferences should get priority. I don't normally watch much TV, apart from news programs of course. But Arab television programers make a special effort to put on wonderful shows during Ramadan, to help people pass the time before iftar and then again into the wee ours of the morning until sohour. I enjoy keeping up with them. Besides, a lot of Ramadan social life revolves around discussions of the Ramadan TV programs, so I have to stay informed!
The TV schedule is actually a surreal combination: Silly episodes of Egyptian "Candid Camera" and soap operas like this year's starring Faten Hamama, Egypt's and the Arab world's sohisticated movie icon; another soap by the younger, sexy, curvy Youssra; "A Thousand and One Nights," starring golden-haired Nelly, Ramadan's entertainment queen; and of course various religious series about Islamic history.
Some Egyptians like Mona Mohamed, a family friend, are outraged by the soap operas and feel that the emphasis should be on religious programs. "It is in bad taste to be watching scenes on TV with belly dancers and people drinking whiskey and wine," she says. The government, of course, has its own agenda, using the month's expanded TV audience to ram through a message [EM] issues such as terrorism and religious fanaticism have been important themes in Ramadan programming.
"Time of Flowers," a series boldly tackling the touchy question of religious tolerance in Egypt, is stealing the show, not least because it stars Youssra, Egypt's curvaceous and hazel-eyed superstar. The series playing out each night on Channel One tells the story of the child of a Muslim father and Coptic Christian mother, who grows up to marry a Muslim police detective. It describes the sensitivities of religious mixed marriages, showing the shock of some family members when the couple's newborn is presented with a crucifix at a baby shower, and the suspicion, when the baby is later abducted, that the kidnapper is some fanatic relative who disapproves of the marriage. "We are students taking lessons in national unity," is the way my friend Hala Ahmed sarcastically describes the program.
If nothing else, "Time of Flowers" produces a welcome truce in our nightly TV struggle. My husband is fascinated with the issues discussed in the program. The stunning Youssra's portrayal of the part-Christian wife of the police detective plays no small part in his concentration. At least that stops him from channel surfing. For a blessed hour, the remote control rests undisturbed on the coffee table.
Time.com could only find her from among thousands of Muslim journalists around the world in Muslim countries?
|Re: Soap Operas and Ramadan??|
|12/21/00 at 20:26:02|
This TV program described above reminded me of a list of ten recommendations that Sh. Safar al-Hawali made to practising Muslims. One of which was:
"5. It is incumbent that we are aware of the subtle changes being introduced into our educational curricula. We are obligated to increase the comprehension of our students to those Quranic verses and statements of the Prophet - sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam - pertaining to the plots of the Jews toward us. We must link these specific Quranic texts and statements of the Prophet with the current circumstances that we live."
Goes back again to the issue of the Abrahamic Faiths, i feel.
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