1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on Arab Media

Edited By Noureddine Miladi, Noha Mellor Copyright 2021
    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides the first comprehensive reference book in English about the development of mass and social media in all Arab countries. Capturing the historical as well as current developments in the media scene, this collection maps the role of media in social and political movements.

    Contributors include specialists in the field from North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Each chapter provides an overview of the history, regulatory frameworks and laws governing the press, and socio-political functions of the media. While the geopolitical complexities of the region have been reflected in the expert analyses collectively, the focus is always the local context of each member state. All 38 chapters consider the specific historical, political, and media trajectories in each country, to provide a contextual background and foundation for further study about single states or comparative analysis in two or more Arab states.

    Capturing significant technological developments and the widespread use of social media, this all-inclusive volume on Arab media is a key resource for students and scholars interested in journalism, media, and Middle East studies.

    Introduction (Noha Mellor and Noureddine Miladi)


    1. Mass Media in Algeria (Saida Kheira Benammar)

    2. New and Social Media in Algeria (Belkacem Amin Benamra)


    3. Media in Bahrain – A Contested Sphere (Magdalena Karolak)


    4. Press in Egypt: Impact on Social and Political Transformations (Elsayed Abdelwahed Elkilany)

    5. The Egyptian Broadcasting Sector between 1920 and 2020 (Joel W. Abdelmoez)

    6. Social Media in Egypt: The Debate Continues (Nermeen Kassem)


    7. Iraqi Press – Between Propaganda and Sectarianism (Haidar al-Safi)

    8. Broadcasting in Iraq – From Pluralism to Ethno-sectarianism (Ibrahim Al-Marashi)

    9. Social Media and Social Change in Iraq (Ahmed Al-Rawi)


    10. The Print and Online Media in Jordan – Between Liberalization and Control (Ebtihal Mahadeen)

    11. Broadcast Media in Jordan and the (Rentier) State (Christina Zacharia Hawatmeh)


    12. Chronicling Kuwait’s Media Evolution: The Politics of Technology and Regulation (Fahad Al-Sumait, Ali A. Dashti, and Ildiko Kaposi)


    13. Whither the Lebanese Press? The Trials and Tribulations Facing the Lebanese Print Media (Sarah El-Richani)

    14. Lebanese Broadcasting: Small Country, Influential Media (Natalie Khazaal)


    15. Media and Social Change in Libya (Mokhtar Elareshi)


    16. Media in Mauritania: Challenges and Development (Mohammed Al-Sheikh)


    17. The Moroccan Press: Challenges and Development (Bouziane Zaid, Abdelmalek El Kadoussi, and Mohammed Ibahrine)

    18. Media Configuration in Morocco (Sam Cherribi, Akshatha Achar, Drew Siegal, and Patrick Harris)

    19. The New and Social Media in Morocco (Aziz Douai and Mohamed Ben Moussa)


    20. Mass Media for Development – The Media in the Sultanate of Oman (Abdullah K. Al-Kindi)


    21. Palestinian Media between Partisanship and Propaganda (Ibrahim Natil and Bahjat Abuzanouna)

    22. Palestinian New Media (Nahed Eltantawy)


    23. Media Developments in Qatar (Khalid Al-Jaber)

    24. Al Jazeera Network and the Transformations in the Global Communication Flow (Noureddine Miladi)

    Saudi Arabia

    25. The Saudi Press – The Combined Power of Wealth and Religion  (Noha Mellor)

    26. Saudi Broadcasting Media – A Tool for Regional Influence (Andrew Hammond)

    27. The Janus-faced New Media in Saudi Arabia (Deborah L. Wheeler)


    28. Mass Media Development in Somalia (Ismail Sheikh Yusuf Ahmed)

    29. Internet and Social Media Development in Somalia (Ismail Sheikh Yusuf Ahmed)


    30. Press in Sudan: Models, Regulatory Frameworks and Development (Mohamed Elamin Musa)

    31. Radio and Television  Broadcasting in Sudan (Awad Ibrahim Awad)


    32. The Syrian Press and Online Media: A Driver of Arabism (Noha Mellor)

    33. The "Soft" Power of Syrian Broadcasting (Nour Halabi and Noha Mellor)


    34. Press in Tunisia: From French Colonisation to Post-Revolution Era (Mongi Mabrouki)

    35. Broadcasting in Tunisia from Independence to Post-2011 Revolution Era (Noureddine Miladi)

    36. Social Media Networks and the Democratic Transition in Tunisia: From Censorship to Freedom (Moez Ben Messaoud)

    United Arab Emirates

    37. Media in the UAE – Creating a National Voice (Najwa AlSaied)


    38. Media in Yemen – Narratives of Polarization and Fragmentation (Noha Mellor)


    Noureddine Miladi is Professor of Media and Communication at Qatar University, Qatar. He is former head of department of mass communication and president of the Arab Media & Communication Network (AMCN). He is editor of JAMMR, the first Arab refereed journal in Arab media and society.

    Noha Mellor is Professor of Media at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and Adjunct Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. She is the author of several books about Arab media and journalism.