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Rami Khouri on Lebanon’s Outlook and What Has Happened to the Country’s Media

On October 17, 2019, protests began in Lebanon with angry and largely disenfranchised citizens calling for a complete overhaul of the country’s unique political system. In the year that has followed, Lebanon has suffered through one disaster after another, with seemingly unending political shifting. On October 22, 2020, former Prime …

Info-Deficiency in an Infodemic: The Gender Digital Gap, Arab Women and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract: This commentary tackles the complex struggles faced by Arab women, including multiple layers of invisibility, marginalization and inequality,[1] all of which have significantly worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. This examination includes a special focus on how and why the “digital divide,” defined as the gap between the technological haves …

الرقمنة والرأسمالية وتحولات العمل الأكاديمي المعاصر: دراسة تقييمية للفرص والمخاطر

Scroll down for English abstract. استهدفت الدراسة الحالية تقديم رؤية تحليلية وتقيمية راصدة لانعكاسات وتداعيات كل من الرأسمالية من جهة، والتحول إلى الرقمنة وعصر اقتصاد المعرفة من جهة ثانية، على السياسات المؤسسية العالمية والعربية في مجال التعليم العالي، وذلك بهدف السعي نحو محاولة تقييم مردودات عملية إنتاج المعرفة لأغراض اجتماعية، …

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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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