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Ramadan: Islam’s Holiest Month (for Primetime TV, Too)

30 Jun

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, celebrated by the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims by fasting during the day, mindful and reverent religious behavior, and, at sunset, family gatherings to share evening meals. (More about Ramadan here). This year (2015) Ramadan takes place between June 17th and July 17th. (More info on Ramadan here)

Syrian women watch a TV serial during a Ramadan gathering

Syrian women watch a TV serial during a Ramadan gathering

But over the past several decades, with the end of state TV monopolies and the rise of privately-owned satellite networks, Ramadan has become TV’s prime time month, with an array of commercialized TV shows covering a wide spectrum from soap shows, candid-camera shows, and religious talk shows. But most beloved are musalsala, or serialized dramas, with a new segment for each of Ramadan’s 30 evenings.

This year there’s a particularly controversial new program in Saudi Arabian. NPR has that story here

More background on the ties between Ramadan and TV are found here on this British Muslim website.

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