Diriliş: Ertuğrul Banned in Egypt but the Turkish Soap Remains Popular, Here’s Proof

Diriliş: Ertuğrul Banned in Egypt but the Turkish Soap Remains Popular, Here’s Proof

Turkish historical series Diriliş: Ertuğrul enjoys a large fan base around the world. The show is based on Muslim Oghuz Turks in the 13th century

Mehmet Bozdağ’s Turkish historical fiction series DirilişErtuğrul (Resurrection) has become highly popular around the world. Originally aired between 2014 and 2019, it is based on Muslim Oghuz Turks in the 13th century. It stars Engin Altan Düzyatan in the lead role and revolves around the life of Ertuğrul, the father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire. Though the show was banned in Egypt, it remains popular in Pakistan and various other Muslim-majority countries around the world. The show’s five seasons are also available to stream on Neflix. The series has been appreciated by the global audience and is often called a Turkish ‘Game of Thrones’. These tweets by fans reveal why the Turkish series is so popular:

Mehran Khan tweeted, “Nothing can beat Ertrugal Character. That was some next level thing.”

Fatima Moosa said, “100 bucks to anybody who can show me an Indian aunty who hasn't spoken about Ertrugal this Eid.”

Zeeshan posted, “My dad came up to me and he’s like “I’m gonna grow my beard out like Ertrugal” he is too obsessed with this show.”

Snowstar444 tweeted, “I really enjoying binging on foreign TV series’ on Netflix. The Turks are brilliant, trying to find season 3, 4 & 5 of Resurrection: Ertrugal. An epic series of the early Ottoman Empire. Binge worthy!”

Farzana Wasim wrote, “Absolutely love watching #Ertrugal Turkish series.”

Ramlah posted, “I am so much in love with Ertrugal man! The episodes have become so heartbreaking men of such great honour! We don’t have such men anymore.”

Thread wrote, “Thought I'd start Ertrugal to see what the hype is all about. There's 360 episodes on netflix, thats not even the complete series! No wonder you people are going all crazy w the hats & wedding themes.. also explains why HALF of South Africa is going Turkey.”

Turkish soaps, dubbed in Urdu, are very popular in Pakistan. In December 2019, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan asked state-run television channel PTV to air  DirilişErtuğrul  in Urdu. Announcing this news, special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said, “We have taken this initiative as the prime minister wants to preserve our social, cultural and religious norms. The Muslim world has its own cultural heritage and values, but we are looking into western ones.” Earlier, in September 2019, Pakistan also joined hands with Turkey and Malaysia to launch a TV channel to promote the rich history and culture of Muslims.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.