This book applies digital methods of analysis to the study of the impact of digital technologies on the social and political spheres of women in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. These countries have been early embracers of digital technologies in the Middle East, and are therefore useful cases to examine the region’s use of digital media. Bernardi discusses what can be called the silent revolutions of these women online. By combining Software Studies, Feminist Qur’anic Revisionism, Actor Network Theory and digital methods research and analysis, the book explores how ‘women’s issues’ in Egypt and Saudi Arabia arise, transform and manifest themselves in the digital sphere, both in English and in Arabic.
Table of Contents
Issues, platforms and methods: Why women’s issues in Egypt and Saudi Arabia?
Platform 1: Technological platforms and gender in the Middle East
Platform 2: Representation
Platform 3: Social media platforms and natively digital women’s issues
Social network analysis and blogs: Tracing the digital evolution of women’s issues in Egypt and Saudi Arabia
Facebook and Twitter: Platforms of topical discussion and hashtag activism
C.L. Bernardi is Lecturer in Communication, Media and Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling, UK