For more than six centuries, the Ottoman Empire controlled Arab lands, leaving its imprint on art, language and food.
Today, Turkey is wielding influence once again in the Arab world — not militarily, but through its soap operas. More than a dozen Turkish soaps have aired on Arab television, offering an escape from the hard daily realities of life.
Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al-Kassim reports on this new Turkish invasion.
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