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Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
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New Book: Islam, Marketing and Consumption: Critical Perspectives on the Intersections

This book seeks to reflect various unheard and emerging critical voices from within the Muslim world, and provide a series of critical insights on how, if and why Islam matters to marketing theory and practice. It questions the existing assumptions and polarising discussions which underpin the portrayal of Islam as the ‘other’ of Modernity, while acknowledging that Muslims themselves are partially responsible for creating stereotyped representations of Islam and ‘the Muslim’.

Book: Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

The book looks at the surge of entrepreneurship that has accompanied the recent uprisings in the Middle East, and why it's the new best place for Western investment and opportunity. The author sees major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, and Living Social making significant investments, despite the uncertainty in the region.

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.

Winners of Brass Crescent Blog Awards 2012

The Annual Brass Crescent Awards, a project started in 2004 with the purpose of promoting the best of the Muslim blogosphere, were awarded for year 2012. The best Muslim-authored blog is Sarah Farrukh's A Muslimah Writes. More than 1,000 people voted this year.

A Spotlight on Syrian TV Ramadan Drama Series

Donatella Della Ratta, a PhD fellow at University of Copenhagen focusing her research on the Syrian TV industry, wrote an article titled Syrian TV drama provides ineffective release valve about the popular Syrian TV drama series Buqa't al-Daw (Spotlight) aired during the Ramadan. She discussed the ability of the latest (the 9th) season of this satirical drama to deal with current situation in the region and its impact on viewers.

Sci-Fi Literature and the Middle East

Al-Akhbar English, based in Beirut, recently published two articles on science fiction literature in relation to the Middle East. Arabic Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown by Yazan al-Saadi examines the history and current situation of the Arabic sci-fi, and offers several links to more detailed articles, studies and interviews. Warring Worlds of Fiction by Leah Caldwell looks at Islamic themes in sci-fi works written in the West.

Tahrir Protests in iPhone Game

iPharaohs company released a game for iPhones and iPads, inspired by the Egyptian uprising in January/February 2011. The game titled Egyptian Revolution (25 Jan) was developed by Ahmed T. Nabarawy. It can be played in two modes: protesters or police. The game is available at iTunes.

Happy Oasis Game: Fun with Social Message

A new social media game Happy Oasis has been launched on Facebook. The FarmVille-like game is situated in the Arab environment and tasks players to create their own oasis in the desert. Besides the fun, it conveys a social message fighting the extremism and prejudices. The game was developed by Jordan-based Aranim Media Factory and has Arabic and English versions.


Nov 14, 2011 – Nov 16, 2011
Arab Open University, Amman
Arab Open University
video games, entertainment, Middle East
Sep 5, 2011

Graphic Journalism: Cartoon Covers the Tunisian Revolution

Cartoons covering the events of the Tunisian revolution and stories from Iran, South Lebanon, Gaza and other places are available on the website of Patrick Chappatte, a Swiss political cartoonist who draws for the International Herald Tribune and Le Temps. English and French versions of the site have slightly different content, with more cartoons in French language.
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