Anonymous, 16 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: identity

New Book: Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society

The book focuses on Moroccan films produced and distributed from 1999 to the present. Since 1999 and the death of King Hassan II, Morocco has experienced a dramatic social transformation. Encouraged by the more openly democratic climate fostered by young King Mohammed VI, filmmakers have begun to explore the sociocultural and political debates of their country while also seeking to document the untold stories of a dark past.

Book: Muslims and Media Images: News versus Views

This book raises investigates the world of Muslims in India by focusing on issues like media representation, identity politics, and their relationships with civil society. While examining Hindi, Urdu, and vernacular press, the essays also look into Hindi and regional language films from an analytical and gender-centric point of view. The essays further discuss the challenges and stereotypes the community is confronted with, particularly in the post 9/11 period. They underline the reasons behind increasing militancy and aggression. The volume also explores the contradictions within Muslim society as well as the tensions between Muslims and other cultures and communities.

New Book: Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation after 9/11

The book dissects the ways in which stereotypes depicting Muslims as an inherently problematic presence in the West are constructed, deployed, and circulated in the public imagination, producing an immense gulf between representation and a considerably more complex reality. It shows that these stereotypes are not solely the province of crude-minded demagogues and their tabloid megaphones, but multiply as well from the lips of supposedly progressive elites, even those who presume to speak "from within," on Muslims' behalf. Based on nuanced analyses of cultural representations in both the United States and the UK, the authors draw our attention to a circulation of stereotypes about Muslims that sometimes globalizes local biases and, at other times, brings national differences into sharper relief.

Islam, Citizenship and New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Dec 18, 2011 – Dec 20, 2011
The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC )
Paulien Baujard
Islam and civil society, identity, Egypt, activism, Islam and politics, media studies, satellite TV, authority, Middle Eastern studies, blogs, social networks, public sphere, democracy
Jul 1, 2011

New Book: Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the Construction of Identity

In this book Miriyam Aouragh looks at the internet as both a space and an instrument for linking Palestinian diasporas in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. She closely examines the uses and limits of internet technology under conditions of war, along with the ways in which virtual participation enables the generation of new ideals for political reconciliation and self-determination.

New Book: Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media

In this book several media commentators examine the phenomenon of “Islamophobia” and ask how to tackle it. Charting recent media controversies, from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s comments on Sharia law to the veil “debate”, the book argues that media hostility to Islam alienates Muslims and undermines efforts to combat extremism. The book gives examples of press-fuelled myths about Islam in Britain.

Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North

This book interrogates the cultures and politics of Muslim youth in the global South and North to understand their trajectories, conditions, and choices. Drawing on wide-ranging research from Indonesia to Iran and Germany to the U.S., it shows that while the majority of young Muslims share many common social, political, and economic challenges, they exhibit remarkably diverse responses to them. Far from being "exceptional," young Muslims often have as much in common with their non-Muslim global generational counterparts as they share among themselves. As they migrate, forge networks, innovate in the arts, master the tools of new media, and assert themselves in the public sphere, Muslim youth have emerged as important cultural and political actors on a world stage.

Young British Muslims: Identity, Culture, Politics and the Media

The author of the book has carried out extensive research on young Muslims' identity in Australia and the UK. For this book she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the form of in-depth, semi-structured interviews of over 200 young Muslims in five British cities: London, Leicester, Bradford, Leeds and Cardiff. Kabir's careful analysis of interview responses offers insights into the hopes and aspirations of British Muslims from remarkably diverse ethnicities: Algerian, Bangladeshi, Egyptian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Kenyan, Lebanese, Libyan, Malawi, Mauritian, Moroccan, Nigerian, Pakistani, Palestinian, Singaporean, Somali, Sudanese, Syrian, Ugandan, Yemeni, and English, Danish and Scottish converts.

BBC Manchester on Conversions to Islam in UK

On the 9th January, BBC Manchester broadcasted a report on conversions to Islam in Britain. It included interviews with Lucinda Lavelle, a Muslim convert of Christian-Jewish background, and Leon Moosavi from Lancaster University who is currently working on his PhD thesis titled "Experiences of Muslim Converts in Britain". They talked about conversions to Islam and related issues like the identity or the acceptance by the social environment.
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