Every community every nation has a trove of key stories alluring magnetic narratives that are retold time and again in Britain there are stories of royalty from the past to the present. Korean popular culture the campaign for independence from […]
Every community every nation has a trove of key stories alluring magnetic narratives that are retold time and again in Britain there are stories of royalty from the past to the present.
Korean popular culture the campaign for independence from Japan is a recurrent theme and in Turkey over the past decade or so Ottoman history the opulence conquests power has been one of the most popular story lines across media but especially on TV Turkey is a society in constant change a society in constant flux and in such countries in times of crisis especially history it emerged as a salmon which plays a significant role in creation of identities the rising interests in ottoman stories Ottoman pasts in terms of TV dramas has been a really really important phenomenon Ottoman theme shows were not popular up to a point in fact the most popular shows were romantic dramas and then suddenly around 2011 magnificent century or Mucha Chamizal became a big hit that has been a catalyst for this change and we’re seeing more of the Ottoman related ottoman inspired shells in Turkish television magnificent century was an unqualified success an international hit watched by tens of millions across the Middle East Asia and Latin America it put the country’s TV industry and the dramas it produces disease as they’re called in Turkish into the big leagues that was back in 2011 four years later the dalish are truly or earth throws resurrection came on the air confirming the international appeal of disease and opening up new markets in Pakistan for instance I got a meeting with a cat knowing the subtly Amish kill Jackie but the series gets blockbuster ratings on PTV the state broadcaster there the plot of offert rule is centered around the founders of the of the Ottoman Empire a structures in the occult magic indeed and genres are called marriages telling stories about the founding of the Ottoman Empire one aspect of the popularity of this series is that they show the Middle East the Muslim cities at the center of the world contrasting with portrayals of the West as weak and divided in earth to rule we see the defeat of the Crusaders these themes of kind of Islamic pride definitely contribute to its popularity and Pakistan is a good example of that the religious actor will be popular specifically in the Muslim world is fascinating by itself well there are a couple of elements to look at why the first one is cultural proximity there’s so much cultural overlap between middle-eastern neighbors and Turkey and also after the success of magnificent century fascination with everything that is related to the Ottoman Empire became very popular and the consumption of that became cool new ottoman cool is a term that I and my colleague Marwan credi coined to reflect that new image of Turkey that started perhaps around 15 years ago it demonstrated that shift of perception from Turkey as an enemy to Turkey as a model and Turkish soft power was perhaps at its height with the rise of president Erdogan at the time and this went hand-in-hand with the popularity of Turkish popular culture particularly Turkish and TV series for president of red ship type earth-1 and his Justice and Development Party known as the AK Party in Turkey reconnecting with the ottoman era has been central to their messaging lutheran Harlan and became Mississippi energy their limbs each other smile MP Lana Shekhar Mallard their distinctive Elise in his more than 15 years in power other one has pushed a notion of continuity drawing a line from the Ottoman Sultans through to himself where the one has done that while locking up his critics in the news media transforming turkey into one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists scores of academics and dissidents have been imprisoned as well amidst all of that the TV dramas verily Arthur rule and a spin-off by that Abdul Hameed both of which were commissioned by Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT have aligned nicely with the AKP s communication strategy ottomanism and new optimism has begun to be an influential domestic and international political instrument and this has been further consolidated during the AKP era alight their latitude Jim Deshaies the whole plot of delish air to rule is a reenactment all contemporary Turkish politics the people on the one hand the enemy is all the people on the other hand the leader on the one hand the enemies of the leader on the other hand elements of the show delish actual specifically and also recently pi tot Abdul Hamid have been used for pro AKP and Pro aired on initiatives especially the political rallies and campaigns for example in the presidential campaign in 2017 this video specifically demonstrates that there’s a historical continuity between the Ottoman Empire and president argon for audience is cynical both of Iran and of Turkey’s role in the region the comparisons between Ottoman TV heroes and the Turkish president not only fall flat they’re seen as a not-so-subtle flexing of muscles a signal that turkey can through its cultural exports try to soften public sentiment that has undeniably hardened across a number of Arab nations not least because of Turkey’s role in two wars in Syria and Libya these drama series take added importance because they are often interpreted by governments as part of that Turkish political and military push and we can see kind of a counter historic interpretation in a number of new big-budget series that are produced by countries like the UAE and Egypt and Saudi Arabia all Aerith moneyness of final homage latina may indicate better than Ileana have authority her cut Aloha starboard na maliek al noor is one of the more recent examples it takes up the Mameluke period as its backdrop and kind of shows a in a very negative light the Turkish historic intervention in Egypt and and some poor trails more Turkish historical figures
ideological battles fought over the airwaves are not limited to news reporting or political rhetoric entertainment informs audiences in two shapes hearts and minds by tapping into a fascination for the ottoman era Turkish disease have grown into an export industry a cultural weapon for a country out to resurrect its history if not its empire