Since Ramadan is over, I am wondering if anyone here saw this series?
Or if not, what do you, as a Muslim, think about the controversy?
A television drama about the life of a seventh century Muslim ruler, Omar Ibn al-Khattab, is polarising opinion across the Arab world by challenging a widespread belief that actors should not depict Islam’s central figures.
Conservative clerics denounce the series, which is running during the region’s busiest drama season, the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Scholars see an undesirable trend in television programming; the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates has publicly refused to watch it.
But at dinner tables and on social media around the region, “Omar” is winning praise among many Muslim viewers, who admire it for tackling an important period in Islam’s history. Some think it carries lessons for the Arab world, which is grappling with political change unleashed by last year’s uprisings.
A Lebanese columnist is quoted as saying that such a series would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Depicting revered figures of Islam as flawed human beings would have been condemned as blasphemous.