Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World
Fig. 1. Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World. Courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Palgrave Macmillan published a book titled "Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World: A Decade of Change" edited by Lena Jayyusi and Anne Sofie Roald.

Publication Data

Jayyusi, Lena & Roald, Anne Sofie (Eds.). Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World: A Decade of Change. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ISBN: 9781137525222.


This book addresses the roles of various media in the shaping and active contestation of particular conflicts and political agendas in the Arab world. Interdisciplinary contributions examine the sociopolitical dynamics generated in and through media, with perspectives emerging from media studies, anthropology, religious studies, and political science. This book explores both new media and older media forms and formats including the press, satellite television, Facebook, Web 2.0 technology, posters, and music videos. Topics range across the politics of popular culture, women scholars' religious fatwas, the Palestinian visual public sphere, Hezbollah's media policy, women's presence on Arab satellite television, and the uses of Facebook in the Tunisian revolution. Contributors include such well-known scholars as Charles Hirschkind, Marwan Kraidy, Amahl Bishara, and Olfa Lamloum.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction; Lena Jayyusi
1. The Egyptian Blogosphere and the Revolution of the 25th of January; Charles Hirschkind
2. The Three Phases of Facebook: Social Networks and the Public Sphere in the Arab World  - The Case of the Tunisian Revolution; Sadok Hammami
3. Hezbollah Communication Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Olfa Lamloum
4. Martyrs and Markets: Exploring the Palestinian Visual Public Sphere; Toufic Haddad
5. Revolutionary Manoeuvrings Palestinian activism between Cybercide, and Cyber Intifada; Miriyam Aouragh
6. The Geopolitics of Press Freedoms in the Israeli-Palestinian Context; Amahl Bishara
7. The Politics/Popular Culture Nexus in the Arab World: A Preliminary Comparison of Reality Television and Music Video; Marwan M. Kraidy
8. Female Islamic Interpretations on the Air: Fatwas and Religious Guidance by Women Scholars on Arab Satellite Channels; Anne Sofie Roald
9. Presence and visibility: Women in Arab satellite television, 1996-2006; Hayat Howayyek Atiyya
10. The Framing of the Islam Online Crisis in Arab Media; Mona Abdel-Fadil
List of contributors
Note on transliteration

About the Authors

Lena Jayyusi is Professor of Communication and Media Sciences at Zayed University, UAE, and non-resident Senior Research Fellow at MUWATIN, The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy. Her book Categorization and the Moral Order, now considered a classic in its field, was translated into French in 2010, and re-issued in the Routledge Revivals series in 2013. 

Anne Sofie Roald is Professor in Religious Studies at Malmö University, Sweden, and affiliated with Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway. She is the author of New Muslims in the European Context: The experience of Scandinavian converts and Religious Minorities in the Middle East: Domination, Self-Empowerment, Accommodation.

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