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Building Up the Arab Science Journalism Landscape

Science journalism in the Arab world has passed through many ups and downs; this has been particularly true for the better part of the last decade. Science journalists and editors were initially optimistic that the opening of the media landscape ushered in by the uprisings of 2011 would provide the …

تعظيم مساحة الصحافة العلمية العربية

مرّت الصحافة العلمية في العالم العربي بالكثير من مراحل الصعود والهبوط، ولعل ذلك أصدق ما يكون في الجانب الأفضل من العِقد المنصرم؛ إذ استشعر الصحفيون والمحررون العلميون تفاؤلاً في باديء الأمر على أثر فتح الآفاق الإعلامية الذي آذَنَت به ثورات عام 2011، فظنوا أنه سيحقق لمجال الصحافة العلمية المتخصصة نهضةً …

The Earth Turns and the World has Changed: Egyptian and Arab Science Journalism in the Digital Age

Abstract Science journalism in Egypt reflects the way science is taught, perceived and practiced in the country. Online publications cover science and technology in different ways. Yet, all of them rely on translators as most of the science stories are sourced from foreign outlets. This paper looks at how science …

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Books & Reviews

BOOK REVIEW | OUR WOMEN ON THE GROUND

What was it like to be a woman over there?” Hannah Allam recounts being frequently asked of her time reporting from Iraq in the first essay of Our Women on the Ground. The collection of essays by female journalists, edited by Lebanese-British journalist Zahra Hankir, provides an account of “life …

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 …

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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