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    • Meira
    • 08.10.07 | 15:58 (IST)

    Next time someone wants to make fun of the Arab nostalgia for more primitive social customs, let those of us educated in the West recall the huge audiences for TV dramas in costume about Jane Austen's period, the very successful Upstairs and Downstairs series about lives of the upper class and servant classes in Edwardian London, and so on. We may live in an era of better social balance and perhaps have more respect for others human rights, but we are still fascinated to watch the portrayal of earlier social situations. After all,human interactions are still very much the same at bottom. Personally I am totally out of sympathy with the use of brute force to settle disagreements,which is still a given in the Middle East and most of Africa, but recall positive societal attitudes in the West towards anything relating to military glory (involving blood-letting on a massive scale, naturally). WWII, Falklands/Malvinas conflict and so on.

    from the article: Arab tradition makes a comeback - on TV
    First published 00:00 08.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 08.10.07
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