Arab TV-Audiences
Fig. 1. Arab TV-Audiences. Courtesy of Peter Lang, 2014.

Peter Lang published a new book titled "Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity" edited by Ehab Galal.

Publication Data

Galal, Ehab (Ed.). Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity. Peter Lang, 2014. ISBN: 978-3631656112.


Today the relations between Arab audiences and Arab media are characterised by pluralism and fragmentation. More than a thousand Arab satellite TV channels alongside other new media platforms are offering all kinds of programming. Religion has also found a vital place as a topic in mainstream media or in one of the approximately 135 religious satellite channels that broadcast guidance and entertainment with an Islamic frame of reference. How do Arab audiences make use of mediated religion in negotiations of identity and belonging? The empirical based case studies in this interdisciplinary volume explore audience-media relations with a focus on religious identity in different countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, and the United States.

Table of Contents

1. Where has the authority gone? New imperatives and audience research by Lise Paulsen Gala
2. Audience responses to Islamic TV: Between resistance and piety by Ehab Galal
3. Cyber religious-national community? The case of Arab community in Germany by Khalil Rinnawi
4. Maghrebi audiences: Mapping the divide between Arab sentiment, Islamic belonging and political praxis by Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
5. Religious media as a cultural discourse: The views of the Arab diaspora in London by Noha Mellor
6. Watching the history of the «present»: Religion and national identity in the Egyptian diaspora by Vivian Ibrahim
7. Minority religion mediated: Contesting representation by Lise Paulsen Gala

About the Author

Ehab Galal is Assistant Professor in Media and Society in the Middle East at the Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). He has specialised in Arab and Islamic media in local and global contexts.

To order the book online visit the Peter Lang website.