Section 1. Arab Culture
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The Middle East has been more consumer than producer of popular culture due to historical factors, including war, political repression, and religious tenets. Historically, representational painting and sculpture did not flourish for religious reasons, given restrictions by Islam and Judaism. Theater did not flourish until the late twentieth century in the Arabic and Persian zones. For technological reasons, film and mass media, including the Internet, were also slow to grow. And certain specific cultural products-the novel, for example, or ballet-developed in the West.