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New Issue of the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research

The Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research released its new issue (Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2012), edited by Noureddine Miladi from the Qatar University.

New Book: Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

Drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and with devotees of the online game Second Life, among others, the author illuminates the ideas of such advocates of Apocalyptic AI as Hans Moravec and Ray Kurzweil. He reveals that the rhetoric of Apocalyptic AI is strikingly similar to that of the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity. In both systems, the believer is trapped in a dualistic universe and expects a resolution in which he or she will be translated to a transcendent new world and live forever in a glorified new body.

Cyber Counselors: Online Fatwas, Arbitration Tribunals, and the Construction of Muslim Identity in the UK

This article explores four distinct websites providing normative content for Muslim minorities in the UK. It focuses on the connections between these Islamic websites and global and local Islamic institutions, the interactions between online and offline Muslim communities, and the ways in which the normative content online shapes offline religious manifestations and practices.

New Book: Everyday Arab Identity: The Daily Reproduction of the Arab World

The book examines how and why Arab identity continues to be reproduced in today’s Middle East, and how that Arab identity interacts with strengthening ties to religion and the state. Drawing on case studies of two ideologically different Arab regimes, Syria and Jordan, the author explores both the implications this everyday Arab identity will have on western policy towards the Middle East and its real life impact on international relations.

Influencing Societal and Cultural Change Report

The Dubai School of Government released the fourth edition of its Arab Social Media Report, titled Influencing Societal and Cultural Change?, which analyzes the impact of social media on identity, cultural attitudes and society and provides data on social media usage penetration and demographic, language and gender breakdown in the MENA region.

New Book: Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11

The book discusses positive and negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media during the War on Terror. Analyzing how TV dramas such as The Practice, 24, Law and Order, NYPD Blue, and Sleeper Cell, news-reporting, and non-profit advertising have represented Arabs, Muslims, Arab Americans, and Muslim Americans during the War on Terror, the book demonstrates how more diverse representations do not in themselves solve the problem of racial stereotyping and how even seemingly positive images can produce meanings that can justify exclusion and inequality.

New Book: Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism

The author reveals the complex and at times contradictory cultural and political processes through which Arabness is forged in the contemporary United States, and explores the apparently intra-communal cultural concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality as the battleground on which Arab American young adults and the looming world of America all wrangle.

Report: Muslims in Paris

The Open Society Foundations released its paper Muslims in Paris, the eleventh report in the Muslims in EU Cities series produced by the Open Society Foundations At Home in Europe Project. It is the result of research that examines the level and nature of integration of Muslims in 11 cities across Europe (Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Leicester, London, Marseille, Paris, Rotterdam, and Stockholm).

Report: Muslims in London

The Open Society Foundations released its paper Muslims in London, the tenth report in the Muslims in EU Cities series produced by the Open Society Foundations At Home in Europe Project. It is the result of research that examines the level and nature of integration of Muslims in 11 cities across Europe (Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Leicester, London, Marseille, Paris, Rotterdam, and Stockholm).

Book: Sectarian Conflict in Egypt: Coptic Media, Identity and Representation

This book examines the escalation in religious violence in Egypt since 2005 and the public discourses behind it, revealing some of the complex negotiations that lie behind contestations of citizenship, Muslim-Christian relations and national unity. Focusing on Egypt’s largest religious minority group, the Coptic Orthodox Christians, the book explores how national, ethnic and religious expressions of identity are interwoven in the narratives and usage of the press and Internet.
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