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Middle Eastern Television Drama
Politics, Aesthetics, Practices

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ISBN 9781032027814
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This monograph explores and investigates key issues facing Middle Eastern societies, including religion and sectarianism, history and collective memory, urban space and socioeconomic difference, policing and securitization, and gender relations.

In the Middle East, television drama creators serve as public intellectuals who, with uncanny prescience, tell the world something. As this volume demonstrates, fictional television provides a crucial space for social and political debate in much of the region. Writing from a range disciplines—anthropology, communication, folklore, gender studies, history, and law— contributors include seasoned academics who have dedicated their careers to researching Middle Eastern media and emerging scholars who build on earlier work and introduce fresh perspectives. Together, they provide an invaluable overview of Middle Eastern serial television and their political impact, drawing examples from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Turkey.

Bringing together a diverse range of academic perspectives, this book will be of key interest to students and scholars in media and communication studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and popular culture studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Television Matters Nour Halabi, Leeds University, United Kingdom Christa Salamandra, City University of New York, United States 1. ResurReaction: Competing Visions of Turkey’s (Proto) Ottoman Past in Magnificent Century and Resurrection Ertuğrul Josh Carney, American University of Beirut, Lebanon 2. Red Death and Black Life: Media, Martyrdom and Shame Esha Momeni, University of California Los Angeles, United States 3. A Massacre Foretold: National Excommunication and Al-Gama’a Walter Armbrust, University of Oxford, United Kingdom 4. Social Media Activism in Egyptian Television Drama: Encoding the Counterrevolution Narrative Gianluca Parolin, Agha Khan University, United Kingdom  5. Visualizing Inequality: The Spatial Politics of Revolution Depicted in Syrian Television Drama Nour Halabi, Leeds University, United Kingdom 6. Past Continuous: The Chronopolitics of Representation in Syrian Television Drama Christa Salamandra, Lehman College, City University of New York, United States 7 Gando and the Geopolitical Imagination on Iranian Television Mehdi Semati, Northern Illinois University, United States Nima Behroozi, University of Melbourne, Australia 8. Afghan Television Dramas: Balancing Entertainment with the Realities of War Wazhmah Osman, Temple University, United States 9. The Disguised Impact of the Distribution Processes in Turkish Television: Domestic Strategies for the Global Dizi Arzu Öztürkmen, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

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Christa Salamandra is Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research explores urban, visual, and mediated culture. She is author of A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria and co-editor of Syria from Reform to Revolt Vol 2.

Nour Halabi is Assistant Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on Arab and global media, social movements, and migration. She is author of Radical Hospitality: American Policy, Media, and Immigration.