Image Politics in the Middle East
Fig. 1. Image Politics in the Middle East. Courtesy of I.B.Tauris, 2012.

I.B.Tauris publishes a new book titled "Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle" written by Lina Khatib from the Stanford University.

Publication Data

Khatib, Lina. Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle. I.B.Tauris, 2012. ISBN: 9781848852822.


Politics in the Middle East is now "seen" and the image is playing a central part in this process of communication. This is the first book in the literature on the mediation of politics in the Middle East to engage directly with these changing ways of communicating politics - and particularly with the politics of the image, its power as political communicator. Lina Khatib presents a cross-country examination of emerging trends in political communication in the Middle East, from Iran and the Mashreq to Egypt and the Gulf. She demonstrates how states, activists, artists and people 'on the street' are making use of television, blogs and mobile phones, as well as non-electronic forms including posters, cartoons, comics, billboards, and graffiti to convey and mediate political messages. These forms overlap, so that an image on a Palestinian wall may then appear in the press, then a website, then circulated by email, and this image politics has a global dimension infused with local culture. It's a hard-hitting, enjoyable, ground-breaking book, challenging the traditional ways in which the communication of politics in the Middle East is conceived of and analyzed.

About the Author

Lina Khatib is the head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. She is the author of Filming the Modern Middle East: Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World (2006) and of Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond (2008), both from I.B.Tauris.

To order the book online visit the I.B.Tauris website.