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1st Edition

Media Arabic
Journalistic Discourse for Advanced Students of Arabic

ISBN 9781032044460
Published December 8, 2021 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

Media Arabic provides advanced students of Arabic with a range of engaging texts on controversial and contemporary topics that reflect the current social and political environment in the Middle East.

Divided into ten thematic modules, each module includes three units based on a selection of authentic newspaper articles that dive deep into topics as diverse as climate change, racism, and corruption. Each unit contains comprehension and discussion questions as well as vocabulary lists, translation exercises, and creative writing exercises. Each topic also benefits from a curated selection of authentic news videos, which can be accessed at

Ideal for use in Media Arabic courses, this book can also be used as a self-study resource for advanced level students.

Table of Contents

1. Refugees and Statelessness  2. Women and Society  3. Islam and Democracy  4.The Ecology of Climate Change  5. Authoritarianism in the Time of the Coronavirus  6. Racism  7. Health Care  8. Arab Uprisings  9. Art  10. Science and Technology

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Jonas Elbousty holds MPhil and PhD degrees from Columbia University. He teaches in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, where he serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Summer Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco. He is the co-editor of Vitality and Dynamism: Interstitial Dialogues of Language, Politics, and  Religion in Morocco’s Literary Tradition (2014) and the co-author of Advanced Arabic Literary Reader (2016).


"Media Arabic: Journalistic Discourse for Advanced Students of Arabic provides teachers and learners of Arabic at the higher levels of language acquisition with an excellent syllabus for use in academic programs of study. It also serves as a model for the preparation of further modules and syllabi that will obviously be needed as interest in the Arabic-speaking world continues and as the countries, nations, and regions involved plot their own courses through the inevitable processes of change and adaptation to factors both local and global."

Roger Allen, Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania, USA