Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Walk the streets of Cairo or village lanes in Egypt any early evening and you will see the flicker of television screens and hear the dialogue and music of the current serial (musalsal). Read the newspapers and you will find articles and cartoons that can only be understood if one is following these televised dramas. The serials, usually composed of 15 episodes aired daily, seem to set the very rhythms of national life. Extensive access to television and limited broadcast hours and channels mean that the audience can sometimes include a majority of Egyptians.

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How to cite this article:

Lila Abu-Lughod "Islam and Public Culture," Middle East Report 180 (January/February 1993).
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