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ISSN: 1687-7721

Culture & Society

The Arab Spring in Israeli Media and Emergent Conceptions of CitizenshipIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Travelogue of the Israeli Protest: A Dialogue with Contemporary Street PoetryIcon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

“Arab Culture”: From Orientalist Construct to Arab Uprisings

Creative Insurgency and the Celebrity President: Politics and Popular Culture from the Arab Spring to the White House

Public Culture and Islam in Modern Egypt

Revolutionary Art or “Revolutonizing Art”? Making Art on the Streets of Cairo Icon indicating an associated article is peer reviewed

Nuqat’s “The Seventh Sense: Powering the Creative Economy”

ISIS’s Euro-American Fighters: Western Failures and the Narratives of Denial

This article centers on the influx of Western fighters joining ISIS and locates its root causes in systemic and structural forms of alienation, discrimination, and Islamophobia. In Western discourse, understanding this phenomenon is characterized by a sense of denial that limits the interpretive paradigms to one of two approaches: either a racial discourse that confines the debate to antagonistic minoritized citizens with ambiguous loyalties and an inherent vulnerability for radicalism, or the powerful “glamour” of ISIS’s propagandist spectacles that western media cannot dispel.

Threat of the Downtrodden: The Framing of Arab Refugees on CNN

After September 11, 2001 Arabs and Muslims became the topic of interest for the global media, drawing attention from news outlets worldwide. Recently, the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) along with civil wars in the Arab region have forced hundreds of thousands of Arab citizens, particularly from Syria and Iraq, to flee their homelands. The resulting refugee crisis drew substantial attention and debate. Therefore, studying the framing of Arab refugees and asylum seekers in the global media is of notable significance, especially in connection to ISIS, the war on terrorism, and the upheaval in the Middle East.

Mohamed Hassanein Heikal

A well-connected journalist, commentator, and master propagandist, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal crafted the message of former president and pan-Arab nationalist Gamal Abd al-Nasser and defended his legacy long after his death. Heikal’s books were consistent best sellers in the Arab world, and his political analysis was accorded respect. His opinion was sought in hour-long television interviews and behind closed doors in the corridors of power. His influence endured the epochs of long-reigning presidents, a revolution, and its political uncertainty. Senior Editor Abdalla Hassan examines his legacy.

Egyptian President al-Sisi Meets with Intellectuals Amid Rising Concerns over Media Freedom

Drawing by Edward Tennyson Reed. Thumbnail: Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Image from Rafaat Gadelrab.

March 22, 2016—Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi initiated an open dialogue today with prominent intellectual figures, according to a statement from the President’s Office. The meeting, which was attended by approximately twenty invitees, marked the inaugural installment of a series of planned national dialogues among politicians, intellectuals, and media workers.

Leading Egyptian Journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal Dies at 92

Mohamed Hassanein Heikal pictured above. Thumbnail from left: Heikal, Hoda Abdel Nasser, and former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Photographer unknown, 1966.

February 17, 2016—Prominent Egyptian writer Mohamed Hassanein Heikal passed away today at the age of 92, state television reported.

BOOK EXCERPT | Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt

With the demise of the second Arab autocrat within a month, people power seemed on the verge of revolutionizing the Middle East, a region known for its monarchs and presidents for life. Abdalla Hassan's book unpacks Egypt’s media and political dynamics—tracing events leading up to the 2011 revolution, the 18 days of uprising, military rule, an Islamist president’s year in office, his ouster by the army, and the reestablishment of the military presidency. Expanded freedoms of expression, in the press and on the streets, have contracted with the skillful reinvention of repression. This is the story of an uprising.

POLICY REVIEW | After the Arab Uprisings: The Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public.

Managing Editor Sarah El-Shaarawi conducts an in depth review of BBC Media Action's policy breif After the Arab Uprisings: The prospects for a media that serves the public, examining the viability of their proposed recommendations for reforming Arab national broadcasters.