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New Book: Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt's Islamic Revival

The author offers a unique history of the religious revival in Egypt through the lens of the performing arts. She highlights the narratives of celebrities who retired in the 1980s and early 1990s, including their spiritual journeys and their influence on the “pietization” of their fans, among whom are the wealthy, relatively secular, strata of Egyptian society. Van Nieuwkerk then turns to the emergence of a polemic public sphere in which secularists and Islamists debated Islam, art, and gender in the 1990s. Finally, she analyzes the Islamist project of “art with a mission” and the development of Islamic aesthetics, questioning whether the outcome has been to Islamize popular art or rather to popularize Islam.

New Book: Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy

The book focuses on issues dealing with the political economy of revolt, youth, and cyberspace, and the rising significance of human rights and moral ideals for the younger generation. It analyzes regional tensions in Libya, Bahrain, and Syria and their consequences for US foreign policy in the MENA region. It covers the rise of Iran’s “Green Movement,” the “April 6 Movement” in Egypt, and the increasing significance of the role of women in the Arab Spring.

New Book: Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith

Studying consumers and producers, retailers and bloggers, this book provides an up to the minute account of the art of dressing modestly - and fashionably. Leading scholars in the area, along with journalists, fashion designers, entrepreneurs and bloggers discuss the emergence of a niche market for modest fashion among and between Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith groups as well as secular dressers. Crossing creeds and cultures, analysing commentary alongside commerce, the book probes the personal and the political as well as religious, aesthetic and economic implications of contemporary dress practices and the debates that surround them.

New Book: Media, Religion and Gender: Key Issues and New Challenges

This book presents a selection of eminent current scholarship that explores the role gender plays when religion, media use and values in contemporary society interact. It surveys the development of research on media, religion and culture through the lens of key theoretical and methodological issues and debates within gender studies.

Iran Elections 2013: Zahra for President

With the Iranian presidential election to be held on 14 June 2013, a campaign Vote4Zahra has been launched. Zahra, a virtual candidate and fictional character of the graphic novel Zahra's Paradise, represents the freedom platform and calls for fair elections. The campaign's goal is to attract attention to the undemocratic political environment in the country.
 
Piela, Anna, Challenging Stereotypes: Muslim Women's Photographic Self-Representations on the Internet. Religions on the Internet - Aesthetics and the Dimensions of the Senses (Special issue of “Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet") abstract full text PDF

Book: Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook

This book explores the body and the production process of popular culture in, and on, the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, and Iran in the first decade of the 21st century, and up to the current historical moment. Essays consider gender, racial, political, and cultural issues in film, cartoons, music, dance, photo-tattoos, graphic novels, fiction, and advertisements. Contributors to the volume span an array of specializations ranging across literary, postcolonial, gender, media, and Middle Eastern studies and contextualize their views within a larger historical and political moment, analyzing the emergence of a popular expression in the Middle East and North Africa region in recent years, and drawing conclusions pertaining to the direction of popular culture within a geopolitical context.

New Media Configurations - Changing Societies?

Nov 28, 2013 – Nov 28, 2013
Berlin
German
Mediali sation and social change outside Europe: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Arab - speaking region (Berlin, funded by the German Research Foundation)
http://iaaw.hu-berlin.de/medialitaet/upload/cfp_new-media-configuration_dfg_nov2013
Nadja-Christina Schneider
mobile phones, film, information and communication technology, media studies, communication studies, websites, social media, Internet studies, gender, social networks
nadja-christina.schneider@asa.hu-berlin.de
Jun 15, 2013

Mapping the Mediterranean: Space, Memory, and the Long Road to Modernity

Oct 11, 2013 – Oct 12, 2013
Ann Arbor
USA
University of Michigan
http://humweb.ucsc.edu/mediterraneanseminar/news/index.php?id=214
Harry Kashdan
information and communication technology, politics, cultural studies, migration, public sphere, gender
kashdan@umich.edu
May 15, 2013
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