Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3049: Media, Culture and Politics in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Sreberny, Annabelle. “The Analytic Challenges of Studying the Middle East and its Evolving Media Environment.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 1.1 (2008): 8-23.

Sabry, Tarik. “Arab Media and Cultural Studies: Rehearsing New Questions.” In Kai Hafez (ed.), Arab Media: Power and Weakness (New York: Continuum, 2008), pp. 237-51.

Dajani, Nabil. “Arab Press.” In Noha Mellor, Muhammad Ayish, Nabil Dajani & Khalil Rinnawi (eds), Arab Media Globalization and Emerging Media Industries (Cambridge: Polity, 2011), pp. 45-66.

Kraidy, Marwan M. & Khalil, Joe F. Arab Television Industries (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Chapter 1: A Short History of Arab Television”, pp. 9-32.

Rugh, William A. “Arab Information Media: Function and Structure.” In The Arab Press: News Media and Political Process in the Arab World (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2004), pp. 1-27

Mellor, Noha. Modern Arab Journalism: Problems and Perspectives (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007). Mellor, Noha. The Making of Arab News (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield: 2005).

Zayani, Mohamed. “Courting and Containing the Arab Street: Arab Public Opinion, the Middle East and U.S. Public Diplomacy." Arab Studies Quarterly 30.2 (2008): 45-64.

Lynch, Marc. Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, Al Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006). (Chapter i)

Zayani, Mohamed (ed.). The Al Jazeera Phenomenon: Critical Perspectives on new Arab Media (London: Pluto Press, 2005). Zayani, Mohamed and Sofiane Sahraoui. The Culture of Al Jazeera: Inside an Arab Media Giant. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007).

Seib, Philip. The Al Jazeera Effect: How the New Global Media are Reshaping World Politics (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2008). (Chapter vii: Transforming the Middle East, pp. 141-173).

Alterman, Jon B. New Media, New Politics: From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World (Washington: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1998).

Anabelle Sreberney and Ali Mohammadi. Small Media, Big Revolution: Communication, Culture, and the Iranian Revolution (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994)

Wheeler, Deborah L. The Internet in the Middle East: Global Expectations and Local Imaginations in Kuwait (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006).

Herrera, Linda. “Egypt’s Revolution 2.0: The Facebook Factor.” In Iskandar, Adel and Haddad, Bassam (eds). Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Washington, DC: Tadween Publishing, 2013)

Armbrust, Walter. “Synchronizing Watches: The State, the Consumer, and Sacred Time in Ramadan Television.” In Birgit Meyer and Annaleis Moors (eds), Religion, Media and the Public Sphere (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005), pp. 207-226.

Thussu, Daya Kishan (ed.). Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow (London: Routledge, 2007).

Mernissi, Fatema. “The Satellite, the Prince and Sheherazade: The Rise of Women as Communicators in Digital Islam”, Transnational Broadcasting Studies, No. 12 (Spring 2004), .

Sakr, Naomi. Women and Media in the Middle East: Power through Self Expression (London: I.B. Tauris, 2004). (Chapter i: Women-Media Interaction in the Middle East, pp. 1-14)

Matar, Dina. “Heya TV: A Feminist Counterpublic for Arab Women?” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 27.3 (2007): 13-24.