Anonymous, 5 Apr 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Iran

New Book: Blogistan: The Internet and Politics in Iran

The protests unleashed by Iran's disputed presidential election in June 2010 brought the Islamic Republic's vigorous cyber culture to the world's attention. Iran has an estimated 700,000 bloggers, and new media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were thought to have played a key role in spreading news of the protests. The internet is often celebrated as an agent of social change in countries like Iran, but most literature on the subject has struggled to grasp what this new phenomenon actually means. How is it different from print culture? Is it really a new public sphere? Will the Iranian blogosphere create a culture of dissidence, which eventually overpowers the Islamist regime? In this groundbreaking work, the authors give a flavour of contemporary internet culture in Iran and analyse how this new form of communication is affecting the social and political life of the country.

New Book: Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran

Focusing on the Iranian presidential elections of 2009 and ensuing demonstrations in major cities across Iran and world, Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age provides a balanced discussion of the role and impact of modern communication technologies, particularly the novel utilization of "small digital media" vis-à-vis the elections and global media coverage. Written in a non-technical, easy to read, and accessible manner, the volume will appeal to scholars, students, policy makers and print professionals alike.

"Blogging Game" Against the Death Penalty in Iran

Golnaz Esfandiari, the editor of the Persian Letters blog at Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, posted an article about recent protest of the Iranian blogospere against the death penalty and public executions in the country. A "blogging game" was initiated by blogger "Goresh" (Roar) and launched on the occasion of World Day Against The Death Penalty on October 10.
Howard, Philip N., Inside the Cyberwar for Iran’s Future. Miller-McCune Magazine, January-February 2010. abstract full text
Duffy, Aiden and Howard, Philip N. , Iran’s Political Parties Link to Persian Blogosphere More than News Sources. Project on Information Technology and Political Islam, Research Memo 2010, 2. abstract PDF
Hagood, Anne, Saudi Arabia and Iran: The Tale of Two Media Covering Conflict in Yemen. Arab Media and Society, Issue 10, Spring 2010 abstract full text PDF
Kraidy, Marwan M. ; Mourad, Sara , Hypermedia Space and Global Communication Studies: Lessons from the Middle East. Global Media Journal, Volume 9, Issue 16, Spring 2010 abstract full text

International Conference on Multiculturalism and Global Community

Jul 24, 2010 – Jul 27, 2010
Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies
Islam, cultural studies, study of religion, Middle Eastern studies, Iran
Apr 10, 2010

The Middle East after the War on Terror

The Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at the Metropolitan University Prague warmly invites you to its annual conference. This year’s theme, "The Middle East after the War on Terror," promises to provide scholars, students, professionals, and interested members of the public with insightful analyses of the current state of the region as influenced by the war, as well as its further development.
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