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Can comedy bring social change? A handful of Saudi liberals hopes so when in 1993, they launched a TV show called Tash Matash. Over 17 seasons, it spoofed hardline clerics and conservative mores in the kingdom. Saudi women have since gained new rights, and clerics’ authority has begun to recede. In retrospect, many Saudis credit Tash Matash for having subtly promoted liberal values.


Liberals in Saudi media

Jihadist television in Arabic

Arab voices against extremist television

Russian television in Arabic

Teaching critical thinking in Arab countries

Saudi comedy for social change

Iranian broadcasting as a tool of intimidation

The Culture of Lawfulness Project

Abuse of history by sectarian extremists

Nasser al-Qasabi versus ISIS

© 2017 Joseph Braude