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BOOK REVIEW | America & Islam: Lawrence Pintak’s Holy Grail?

Award-winning journalist-cum-academic Lawrence (Larry) Pintak has been on a mission for years trying to explain Islam to Americans, with his latest volume nailing it in the age of hysterical xenophobia and white supremacy.  The cover of America and Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump sets the …

Film Review | Watching “Us” in the Middle East

“Us,” Jordan Peele’s newly released horror film, raises questions about American identity that will appear very different to viewers outside the United States. Peele has claimed that “Us” aims to hold up a mirror to American society, showing “us” how “we are our worst enemies.” But for international viewers, especially …

Book Review | Preaching Islamic Renewal: Religious Authority and Media in Contemporary Egypt

The impacts of new media have long fascinated scholars of contemporary Muslim societies. Beginning from the premise that new media configurations portend the “fragmentation” of religious authority (Eickelman and Anderson 1999; Anderson 2003), such works often display a curious mix of euphoria and anxiety about the “democratizing” potential of new …

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The Podcast

PODCAST | Anxious Observers, Unlikely Allies

In this edition of the Arab Media & Society podcast, Managing Editor Sarah El-Shaarawi speaks with Dr. Abdel Monem Said about how regional leaders and the Arab media have reacted to the US presidential elections. Said explains that while reactions have been mixed, many have responded positively to the prospect of a …

PODCAST | Old Verses in a New Climate

As the ramifications of the Arab Spring fade away, we look at how Arabic hip-hop has evolved since that time. Sean O’Keefe, author of the once popular but now inactive blog Revolutionary Arab Rap, offers his perspectives on Arabic hip-hop music in terms of its history, development, media coverage, and …

PODCAST | A Just State? A Look Inside the Tyranny of ISIS

Mara Revkin, PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University, unveils the legal structure, recruitment, and media management of the infamous yet understudied so-called Islamic State (ISIS). As part of her research, she has conducted interviews with defectors and individuals who have escaped ISIS occupied territory. She has also interacted with active members. In the podcast, Revkin explains the legal structures of ISIS and why it is appealing to followers.

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