Arab Media
Fig. 1. Arab Media. Courtesy of Polity, 2011.

Polity published a new book titled "Arab Media: Globalization and Emerging Media Industries" written by Khalil Rinnawi, Muhammad Ayish, Noha Mellor and Nabil Dajani.

Publication Data

Rinnawi, Khalil; Ayish, Muhammad; Mellor, Noha and Dajani, Nabil. Arab Media: Globalization and Emerging Media Industries. Polity, 2011. ISBN: 9780745645353.


This book provides a clear and authoritative introduction to the emerging Arab media industries in the context of globalization and its impacts, with a focus on publishing, press, broadcasting, cinema and new media. Through detailed discussions of the regulation and economics of these industries, the authors argue that the political, technological and cultural changes on the global media scene have resulted in the reorganization of the Arab media field. They provide striking examples of this through the particular effects on media policies, media technology and the content and genres developed for the new generation of media consumers.

As part of the book's overview of the contemporary characteristics of Arab media, the authors outline the development of the role of modern Arab media from a tool of mobilizing the public to a tool of commercial and symbolic profit. Overall, the volume illustrates how the Arab region represents a unique case where the commercialization and liberalization of selected media industries has gone hand in hand with continuous state intervention and an increasing self censorship.

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Arab media: An Overview of Recent Trends
Chapter Two - Arabic Books
Chapter Three - Arab Press
Chapter Four - Radio Broadcasting in the Arab World
Chapter Five - Television Broadcasting in the Arab World: Political Democratization and Cultural Revivalism
Chapter Six - Arab cinema
Chapter Seven - Arab Internet: Schizophrenic Trilogy
Chapter Eight - When Global Meets Local

About the Authors

Noha Mellor is Senior Lecturer at Kingston University, Khalil Rinnawi is Lecturer in the College of Management at Tel Aviv University, Nabil Dajani is Professor of Communications at the American University of Beirut and Muhammad I. Ayish is Dean of the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah.

To order the book online visit the Polity website.