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Jibran Nasir thinks Dirilis Ertugrul will cause identity crisis in Pakistan

Jibran Nasir believes Dirilis Ertugurl- serial glorifying Muslim rulers but more so the Turkish warriors will stoke identity crisis among people.

The latest remarks of social rights activist, Jibran Nasir on Dirilis Ertugrul flared up an interesting debate of identity crisis and cultural invasion on Pakistani Twitter. The debate intensified as Pakistan’s state-owned media, PTV continued to broadcast the first season of blockbuster serial, Dirilis Ertugrul.

Pakistani Twitter users discussed the repercussions of broadcasting a foreign Turkish serial, Dirilis Ertugrul in Pakistan- a sizeable part favored its broadcast in the country. Jibran Nasir believes Dirilis Ertugurl- serial glorifying Muslim rulers but more so the Turkish warriors will stoke identity crisis among people.

What did Jibran Nasir said?

The Social activist referred to the pride Muslims in the sub-continent take in foreign Muslim rulers like Muhammad bin Qasim. It is noteworthy to mention that a few days back a trend lauded Arab warrior Muhammad bin Qasim for conquering Sindh, defeating Raja Dahir, and bringing in Islam in the region on Pakistani Twitter.

Taking to Twitter, Nasir wrote, “We’ve many beautiful cultures in Pak but many still face an identity crisis which is also seen in our diaspora.” He went on to add, “Being ourselves often causes “Goras” to confuse us as Indians due to our similarities, so we mimicked Arabs tracing our roots to Bin Qasim. Now we’re trying being Turks.”

Social media cancelled Jibran Nasir

But, Nasir soon confronted a tirade of criticism from social media for his unpopular opinion. Social media users weighed in on the debate and challenged his opinions with varying comments. Yet all the counter-arguments supported the broadcast of Dirilis Ertugrul in Pakistan.

Some believed that since the region had been under the rule of various Muslim rulers- frequently invaded by Muslim warriors. Hence, they all brought with themselves their distinct culture in the region. That’s why Muslims settled in sub-continent particularly Pakistan traces their roots back to these Muslim rulers.

Another group of charged up social media users responded to the ‘liberal’ Jibran Nasir opposing the broadcast of Turkish serial Dirilis Ertugrul with an interesting debate. They asked why ‘liberals’ feel threatened with the broadcast of Turkish serial but not with the American fantasy drama television series ‘Game of Thrones’ or content from Hollywood and Bollywood content that does not even resonate with our cultural or religious values.

They believe it is better to idealize Muslim rulers and legendary character than Bollywood and Hollywood actors. While a score of social media users discounted the dissenting views from the dissenting group, they asserted that Dirilis Ertugrul is a fictional series that should be celebrated for its artwork. Actor Bilal Ashraf also tweeted appreciating the flawless performance of actors in Dirilis Ertugrul.



While others drew a comparison between Dirilis Ertugrul and Pakistan serials. They opined that Turkish serial is a distinct piece of entertainment over the typical and lifeless storyline of domestic issues in Pakistani serials.

Read more: Team of Dirilis Ertugrul excited over overwhelming response in Pakistan

The popularity of Dirilis Ertugrul in Pakistan and the Muslim world stems from the outrageous and negative depiction of Muslims in Hollywood and Bollywood. This negative depiction over the years triggered Islamophobia. Perhaps, Muslims craved for a powerful and positive depiction in media globally. And Dirils Ertugrul seems to have satiated that desperation to see a glorifying depiction of Muslims.

The airing of Dirilis Ertugrul- a romantic fictional series on Muslim Turks has stirred a complex debate on Islamization and de-Islamization of Pakistan, identity crisis, and invasion of foreign content in the country.

However, Jibran Nasir is not the only to object to the broadcast of Dirilis Ertugrul. Actor Shaan Shahid has also opposed the broadcast of the serial

Imran Khan wants Pakistanis to see Dirilis Ertugrul

Though the series within Turkey is part of AKP’s nation-building project and is perhaps the most popular tv production in recent years. Even PM Imran Khan wanted the broadcast of Dirilis Ertugrul in Pakistan to make the youth learn forgotten Islamic values.

“We’ve always had content from Hollywood and Bollywood which was then being showcased here. A third end culture was being promoted. That’s why I want our youth to know the difference between our values and theirs through the serial Dirilis Ertugrul. He went on to add, “We have a culture with romance and history as well, however, it is also filled with Islamic values. Sadly, the content from Bollywood is full of vulgarity, which wasn’t the case three or four decades ago.”

The premiere continued, “Drug culture, sex crimes are on a high. I want a different culture to be aired so our youth can know that there is a way of life apart from questionable shows that have been airing.”