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The New Arab's picks for the best of Middle Eastern films and TV series from a difficult year.

The streaming giant is massively expanding its roster of Turkish original TV series and films.

Egypt's top religious body slams Ottoman 'occupation' of Istanbul

The New Arab Staff

Egypt's top religious body slams Ottoman 'occupation' of Istanbul

The influential religious body's statement about the Ottoman conquest comes amid fierce debate around the conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

Popular Turkish drama series continues filming via 'Zoom'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Popular Turkish drama series continues filming via 'Zoom'

A Turkish drama series called The Outcast has not allowed Covid-19 to stop it from airing, filming the last six episodes online via 'Zoom'.

Pakistan PM requests special Ramadan broadcast of Turkish series

The New Arab

Pakistan PM requests special Ramadan broadcast of Turkish series

Pakistan's prime minister has personally requested the broadcast of television series 'Dirilis: Ertugrul', which is known as the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turks complain of cologne shortage in precautions against coronavirus

Shops in Turkey are selling out of cologne as the country prepares for a battle against coronavirus.

The New Arab

Egypt targets Turkish dramas in anti-Erdogan fatwa

Turkish President Erdogan is trying to revive the Ottoman empire through the power of Turkish television series, the Global Fatwa Index said.

Sarah Shaffi

Fatima Bhutto's New Kings of the World

Book Club: Fatima Bhutto's New Kings of the World is an astute, informative and addictive look at the globalisation of pop culture.

The New Arab

Erdogan backs ally Maduro after failed 'assassination bid'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent his best wishes to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Monday, after a failed assassination ...

Turkey's Erdogan congratulates Venezuela's Maduro over election win

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey's Erdogan congratulates Venezuela's Maduro over election win

Turkey's president congratulated Venezuela's newly re-elected authoritarian leader Nicolas Maduro, becoming only the second leader to do so ...

Ruqaya Izzidien

'Black Panther' shows Muslims too, can escape tokenism

Comment: Black Panther's characters are coincidentally black, rather than crudely pigeonholed. It's time their Arab and Muslim counterparts ...

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