Thinking and Writing About Terrorism: Reflections on an Uncertain World

I am writing a book that will be called Confronting Terrorism. It examines the evolution of terrorism that culminates, for now, in the Islamic State’s ability to hold and “govern” substantial amounts of territory. This requires me to immerse myself in both the literature of terrorism and to view, from a distance, the nasty realities of this topic. I do not pretend to be as intimately involved as are the people who must live under terrorism’s darkest shadows every day. But I think a lot about how terrorism’s presence changes our world...

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A Note on Our First Bilingual Issue

Arab Media & Society the biannual journal of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo is publishing its inaugural bilingual Arabic/English issue. Our Spring 2016 edition features scholarship, research articles, columns, conference reports, book excerpts and reviews, and podcasts all addressing the theme of “Media and Terrorism”.

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تقديم العدد…

تقديم العدد… نبيل فهمي - عميد كلية الشئون الدولية والسياسات العامة ووزير خارجية مصر الأسبق. إنه لمن دواعي سعادتي أن أكتب المقدمة الافتتاحية للعدد الأول من الدورية الالكترونية نصف السنوية Arab Media & Society الصادرة عن مركز كمال أدهم للصحافة الرقمية والتلفزيونية التابع لكلية الشئون الدولية والسياسات العامة، والتي تنشر …

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Obsessing over Jihadi Otherness: Radicalism’s Evolution and the Failure of the Post-Colonial Arab State

The rise of the Islamic State group (which will be referred to as ISIS), from the perspective of those in the Middle East drawn to it, rather than Europe where the French scholar Olivier Roy has proposed the idea of the “Islamization of radicalism,” can be discussed within the framework of a number of deeper phenomena in Arab societies since the mid-twentieth century.

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Roots of Religious Extremism: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Four Faces of Tyranny

One way of getting to the “root causes” of terrorism and religious extremism in the Middle East is to examine the thinking of the mother organization of all groups and movements espousing violence and terrorism. Fortunately, the history of the Muslim Brothers is well researched. The revelations of the organization reflect a great deal of inconsistencies between the general and the specific: public pronouncements and specific documents, theory and practice, English and Arabic.

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الإعلام والإرهاب .. على خط المواجهة

قد عرض د.سامي الشريف عميد كلية الإعلام بالجامعة الحديثة للتكنولوجيا والمعلومات دراسة بعنوان "الإعلام والإرهاب..على خط المواجهة"، دارت حول أهمية دور الإعلام بوصفه محددًا مهمًا لتفاقم ظاهرة الإرهاب، وفي الوقت ذاته وسيلة مهمة للقضاء عليها، حيث تناولت العلاقة بين الإرهاب والإعلام التي هي مثار جدل وخلاف، هل هي علاقة دعم أم علاقة مواجهة؟

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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.

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