Comments on: Inside Islam’s culture war http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/03/08/inside-islams-culture-war/ Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: GMavros http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/03/08/inside-islams-culture-war/#comment-769 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 02:40:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=560#comment-769 It is now 2012 and the Turks finally discover the cultural value of the Soap Opera. To them it is like watching the TV series Star Trek for the very first time. When real life is so oppressive then a good dose of Soap Opera should sedate the ignorant masses.
A very enlightened society, indeed.

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By: MohamedMalleck http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/03/08/inside-islams-culture-war/#comment-768 Sat, 10 Mar 2012 16:32:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=560#comment-768 As pure entertainment and lunch-bag type of historical education, this TV serial — Magnificent Century — is certainly excellent, even if it knocks against certain conservative sensibilities. However, a long list of TV soap operas made in the image of “Noor” and served to prime-time audiences in the Islamic world could, indeed, sow seeds of undesirable laxity and licentiousness in values that undermines the “third way” that most Muslims seek in a system that reconciles modernity — mastery of technology and science, economic progress, freedom and some reasonable degree of hedonism — with the deep Islamic values of societal and extended-family solidarity, individual modesty, respect for elders, and a pronounced sense of responsibility to match the new emphasis on rights. It is not so much “Ottomanism” that should be the goal, but the type of “Third way” that is being promoted by Fethullah Gulen in Turkey, by the more modern-minded activists of the Muslim brotherhood in the Arab world, by sympathizers of Syed Hossein Nasr-type of eclectic but Islam-centered religiosity in Iraq and Iran, and by followers of the Deoband School in South East Asia and the moderate groups within the Jamaat-e-Islami in Indonesai and the rest of East Asia.

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By: KyleDexter http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/03/08/inside-islams-culture-war/#comment-767 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 19:23:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=560#comment-767 trevorh, I could not have stated it better. Right on!

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By: uha1 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/03/08/inside-islams-culture-war/#comment-765 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:37:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=560#comment-765 I think this is good proof that a country with government with Islamic values can be way more democratic then many other so-called democratic countries.

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By: trevorh http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/03/08/inside-islams-culture-war/#comment-764 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:38:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=560#comment-764 The problem with this kind of Valley Girl and 90210 culture is that it promotes a wrong kind of role model amongst the poor and less intelligent part of the middle class (possibly even the upper class).

From my observation, this has happened in the West already. It massively influenced the many simple things from lifestyle, entertainment to things like attitude toward education , marriage and how to move up on the social ladder. I believe this kind of culture created by the media is the main drive behind the massive increase in the number of single moms and divorces.

And it seems most kids growing up in these kinds of parental environment don’t end up well in life. In turn, it affects the society and ultimately the economy creating all sorts of troubles. People can blame funding to formal education (hello teacher unions) all they want, but parental environment and education at home are way more important.

Don’t get me wrong. Most of us don’t want to go back to middle age of overly conservative culture and I do find certain level of entertainment value here. Also, most of the more informed and intelligent have their lives influenced very little by these things, but there has to be some way to make the less fortunate demographics understand “this is just TV, please don’t try it at home” (ie your real life)

Promoting a good system of values, mentality, determination and discipline do have some value. I also don’t want to promote overly fanatic religious system, but one has to look at Tebow and wonders how a guy with very little natural talent could do that well. And not only he did well, he made people around him do well too.

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By: Ocala123456789 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/03/08/inside-islams-culture-war/#comment-763 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:28:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=560#comment-763 viva Turkey… love it… it is a great model and a great nation against radical religious craziness…

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