Alexandra Buccianti looks at the Turkish soap opera phenomenon as a successful model of hybridization and sets it against the background of Turkey's historical role in the Arab world
The Iranian television drama Narges was a smash hit in 2006, but the action wasnt just on screen. Josie Delap examines the relationships between the stars on-air characters and their private personas, including a sex tape scandal that roiled the Iranian authorities.
Marlin Dick traces the origins and behind the scenes drama of the Syrian sketch comedy program Spotlight.
In contemporary Syria, the TV industry’s centrality renders it a particularly revealing site of ethnographic endeavor. It provides a valuable point of access to a complex and rapidly changing society, argues Christa Salamandra.