Anonymous, 3 Jun 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Internet
Laipson, Ellen (Ed.), Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East. The Henry L. Stimson Center, 2011 abstract full text PDF

New Book: Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution

In this book, NPR social media chief Andy Carvin – “the man who tweets revolutions” - offers a unique first-person recap of the Arab Spring. Part memoir, part history, the book includes intimate stories of the revolutionaries who fought for freedom on the streets and across the Internet - stories that would have never been recorded before the days of social media.
Iskandar, Adel and Haddad, Bassam (eds.), Mediating the Arab Uprisings. Tadween Publishing 2013 abstract full text
Scholz, J., Selge, T., Stille, M. and Zimmerman, J., Listening Communities? Some Remarks on the Construction of Religious Authority in Islamic Podcasts. Die Welt des Islams, Vol. 48, Iss. 3/4, 2008 abstract full text

New Issue of the Arab Media and Society

The online journal Arab Media & Society has published its new issue that discusses the role of social media before the Arab Spring and the current state of traditional news media. All included articles are available online or in the PDF format for download. Arab Media & Society, formerly TBS Journal, is a joint project of The Center for Electronic Journalism at the American University in Cairo and the Centre for Middle East Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
Krihova, Zuzana, Book Review: Blogistan: The Internet and Politics in Iran. CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 2, 2012 abstract full text

New Book: Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa

The book takes a critical look at claims, developments and initiatives linking Civil Society Organizations, new media, and democracy. Based on research carried out among urban political non-governmental actors in Nairobi and Lusaka, and observations of trends in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the author argues that ICTs enhance the efficiency and operations of CSOs and make it easier for them to overcome ideological and other state obstacles but that states still remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance thus making real impact of new media minimal.
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