Anonymous, 5 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Muslim women
Merlini, Cesare; Roy, Olivier (Eds.), Arab Society in Revolt: The West's Mediterranean Challenge. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2012 abstract

New Book: Muslim Women in Britain: De-Mystifying the Muslimah

This book examines issues of femininity, Britishness, inter-communal relations and social cohesion. Presenting the reader with incisive narratives of Muslim women on familiar topics such as the hijab, Muslim women in the media and feminist debate, particularly in a Western context, Sariya Contractor makes a valuable contribution to the existing literature on Islamic studies, social anthropology, feminist philosophy and social cohesion.

New Book: Arab Society in Revolt: The West's Mediterranean Challenge

This book examines areas of change particularly relevant in the southern Mediterranean: demography and migration, Islamic revival and democracy, rapidly changing roles of women in Arab society, the Internet in Arab societies, commercial and social entrepreneurship as change factors, and the economics of Arab transitions.

New Book: Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media

This book addresses east-west understandings of Arab women as portrayed through translated media. There is a vast scholarly literature tracing western stereotypes of Arab women from medieval times to the present. From 1800, the dominant western stereotype of Arab women depicts them as passive and oppressed. Thirty years of social science media research in the west has shown that media images of Arab women reinforce this two hundred year old stereotype. Much of this research has studied silent "image bites" of Arab women, where women are pictured in veils and their own voices are replaced by western captions or voice-overs.

Social Media and Arab Women’s Empowerment Report

The Dubai School of Government released the third edition of its Arab Social Media Report, titled The Role of Social Media in Arab Women’s Empowerment, which analyzes data on users in all 22 Arab countries, in addition to Iran, Israel and Turkey. The report includes examples of Arab women's online initiatives like Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia or HarassMap project in Egypt.

New Book: Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God

In her book Dorothea E. Schulz shows how new media have created religious communities that are far more publicly engaged than they were in the past. Muslims and New Media in West Africa expands ideas about religious life in West Africa, women's roles in religion, religion and popular culture, the meaning of religious experience in a charged environment, and how those who consume both religion and new media view their public and private selves.

New Book: Screens and Veils: Maghrebi Women's Cinema

In her book Florence Martin examines the intersections of nation and gender in seven films, showing how directors turn around the politics of the gaze as they play with the various meanings of the Arabic term hijab (veil, curtain, screen). She analyzes these films on their own theoretical terms, developing the notion of “transvergence” to examine how Maghrebi women’s cinema is flexible, playful, and transgressive in its themes, aesthetics, narratives, and modes of address.

New Book: Muslim Women Online: Faith and Identity in Virtual Space

This book examines Muslim women in transnational online groups, and their views on education, culture, marriage, sexuality, work, dress-code, race, class and sisterhood. Looking at both egalitarian and traditionalist Muslim women's views, the author considers their interpretations of Islam and identifies a new category of holists who focus on developing the Islamic sisterhood. Drawing on detailed analysis of online transcripts, she highlights women's rhetorical techniques and the thorough knowledge of Islamic sources which they use to justify their points in online discussions.

Muslim Men's Preferences on Matrimonial Sites

Muslimah Media Watch, "a Muslim feminist perspective" online platform, conducted a research on muslim matchmaking sites and males' responses towards certain female profiles. The research examines four matrimonial sites,,, and a newly established, "very visually attractive", and highlights their features and differences between them. To detect men's preferences, the researchers have created various fake profiles that depict three Muslim women who differ in age, family background, ethnic/racial origin, social/economic/educational status and religious practises.
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