New Media in the Muslim World

New Media in the Muslim World

The Emerging Public Sphere
Second Edition
Edited by Dale F. Eickelman and Jon W. Anderson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/24/2003
Format: paper 240 pages, 18 b&w photos, 1 index
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21605-2
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“It is difficult to imagine a more thoughtful, balanced, or comprehensive treatment of this extremely elusive and difficult subject.” —Digest of Middle East Studies

This second edition of a widely acclaimed collection of essays reports on how new media—fax machines, satellite television, and the Internet—and the new uses of older media—cassettes, pulp fiction, the cinema, the telephone, and the press—shape belief, authority, and community in the Muslim world. The chapters in this work, including new chapters dealing specifically with events after September 11, 2001, concern Indonesia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, the Arabian Peninsula, and Muslim communities in the United States and elsewhere. The extent to which today’s new media have transcended local and state frontiers and have reshaped understandings of gender, authority, social justice, identities, and politics in Muslim societies emerges from this timely and provocative book.

Author Bio

Dale F. Eickelman is Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations at Dartmouth College. His recent publications include The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach, 4th Edition, and Muslim Politics (co-authored with James Piscatori).

Jon W. Anderson is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at The Catholic University of America and co-director of the Arab Information Project at Georgetown University. He is author of Arabizing the Internet.


"[T]he contributors to this collection have convincingly placed the forces of change introduced into Muslim societies by the modern media in precisely the right context-at the center of cultural developments. It is difficult to imagine a more thoughtful, balanced, or comprehensive treatment of this extremely elusive and difficult subject." —DOMES

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Table of Contents

Preliminary :

Preface to the Second Edition
Note on Transliteration

1. Redefining Muslim Publics Dale F. Eickelman and Jon W. Anderson
2. The New Media, Civic Pluralism, and the Struggle for Political Reform Augustus Richard Norton
3. Communication and Control in the Middle East: Publication and Its Discontents Dale F. Eickelman
4. The Internet and Islam's New Interpreters Jon W. Anderson
5. The Birth of a Media Ecosystem: Lebanon in the Internet Age Yves Gonzalez-Quijano
6. Muslim Identities and the Great Chain of Buying Gregory Starrett
7. Bourgeois Leisure and Egyptian Media Fantasies Walter Arbrust
8. From Piety to Romance: Islam-Oriented Texts in Bangladesh Maimuna Huq
9. Civic Pluralism Denied? Jihadi Radicals the New Media in Post-Suharto Indonesia Robert W. Hefner
10. Media Identities for Alevis and Kurds in Turkey M. Hakan Yavuz