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

New Report: Somalis in Oslo (Somalis in European Cities)

The Open Society Foundations released its report Somalis in Oslo, which is "part of a seven-city research series, Somalis in European Cities, by the Open Society Foundations’ At Home in Europe project, which examines the realities of people from Somali backgrounds in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Malmo, Leicester, London, and Oslo."

New Book: Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali

The author of the book analyses the background of the conflict, and he interviewed some of Mali’s most acclaimed musicians, artists and observers on how music and culture has been affected as a consequence of the crisis in the northern part of the country.

New Book: The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity

The essays in this collection investigate the plethora of compositional and improvisational techniques, performance styles, political motivations, professional trainings, and inter-continental collaborations that claim the mantle of “innovation” within Arab and Arab diaspora music. While most books on Middle Eastern music-making focus on notions of tradition and regionally specific genres, this book presents a radically hybrid and globally dialectic set of practices.

New Book: The Politics of Love: Sexuality, Gender, and Marriage in Syrian Television Drama

Through research fueled by a viewing of over two hundred and fifty miniseries ranging from the 1960s to the present—as well as an examination of hundreds of press reports, Facebook pages, and extensive interviews with drama creators—this book turns away from the dominant paradigm that focuses on regime intent. When turning attention instead to the drama creators themselves we witness the polyphony of voices employing love and marriage metaphors and gender (de)constructions to explore larger issues of nationalism, self-identity, and political critique.

New Report: A Clash of Cultures: Hate Speech, Taboos, Blasphemy, and the Role of News Media

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled A Clash of Cultures: Hate Speech, Taboos, Blasphemy, and the Role of News Media written by Jane Sasseen.

New Book: "This Is Jerusalem Calling": State Radio in Mandate Palestine

The author describes the ways in which the mandate government used broadcasting to cater to varied audiences, including rural Arab listeners, in an attempt to promote a “modern” vision of Arab Palestine as an urbane, politically sophisticated region. In addition to programming designed for the education of the peasantry, religious broadcasting was created to appeal to all three main faith communities in Palestine, which ultimately may have had a disintegrating, separatist effect.

Book: Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus

This book is a collection of testimony, entirely composed by participants in, and witnesses to, the profound changes shaking their region. Unique amongst material emanating from and about the convulsions in the Arab Middle East, these creative and original writers speak of history, determination and struggle, as well as of political and poetic engagement with questions of identity and activism. This book gives a moving and inspiring insight into the Arab revolutions and uprisings: why they are happening and what might come next.

Videogame Development in the Middle East: Iran, the Arab World, and Beyond

Videogame producers in the Middle East face many challenges, which make local game development more difficult than in the US or Europe. This chapter discusses these challenges and identifies the particular production strategies and design features local game developers use in order to adapt to them. In other words, it analyzes the broader cultural, social and political aspects that shape videogame design and production in the Middle East, focusing particularly on the Arab world and Iran. By doing so, it aims to transcend the fragmented character of existing research and propose a theoretical framework for the contextualization of videogame development in the Middle East.

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: Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine

The starting point of this book is that it is unsatisfactory either to consider conflict within a singular concept or alternatively to consider each conflict as entirely distinct and unique; the book explores another path to addressing long-term conflict. The contributors set out to examine the ways in which such conflicts in Palestine and Lebanon have been and are narrated, imagined and remembered in diverse spaces, including that of the media. They examine discourses and representations of the conflicts as well as practices of memory and performance in narratives of suffering and conflict, all of which suggest an embodied investment in narrating or communicating conflict.
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