says US should work on a a Iran-sanctions for West Bank withdrawal "deal" with Israel.
"For appropriating such Western cultural forms—albeit to new moral ends—Islamic media producers have been attacked by an older generation of Islamists highly suspicious of televised entertainment and prone to issuing blanket condemnations of music, drama, and dance. By contrast, [..] new Islamic media producers do not see entertainment as an object of prohibition, but rather as an object of regulation.
The new Islamic media project does not ask if art and entertainment are permissible, but rather what kind of art and entertainment should be allowed, and what evaluative criteria should be marshalled in making these decisions. In the process, channels such as 4Shbab and others are redefining what counts as Islamic television —not just overt preaching, but also good music and compelling drama, it seems—and why. Firmly rooted in popular culture, such efforts will likely play an increasingly significant role in shaping the place of Islam in the Egyptian public sphere and beyond[..]."
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Monday, 26 April 2010 by Cairene