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This web site aims to bring to you a wide variety of resources on Arab Culture and Civilization, but much more is available. This bibliography includes a number of additional materials that you may wish to consult. Texts that have recently been annotated or added to this list are shown with a tan background. In addition, there are many other online resources that you can explore from our links list.


Bunt, Gary R. Virtually Islamic. Computer-mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic Environments. Cardiff: University of Wales, 2000.

Notes: A text which explores how Information Technology has affected the manner in which Muslim communities throughout the world interact with their faith and build communities.

Franda, Marcus. Launching into Cyberspace. Internet Development and Politics in Five World Regions. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Press, 2002.

Notes: Contains chapters on 'Internet Cultures in Israel and the Arab World' as well as 'The Middle East and the Global Internet Regime'.

Riverbend. Baghdad Burning. Girl Blog from Iraq. New York: Feminist Press of the City University of New York, 2005.

Notes: This book collects the blog entries by "Riverbend," from her Baghdad Burning blog. This blog from Iraq gave an unusual inside glimpse into the American invasion and its immediate aftermath as it was happening and from the perspect of an ordinary citizen who is surrounded by the conflict.

Satellite Broadcasting

El-Nawawy, Mohammed and Adel Iskander. Al-Jazeera. Cambridge, MA: Westview Press, 2002.

Notes: This book is co-written by a journalist and a scholar on new media. It tells the story of the Al-Jazeera satellite network and the unprecedented impact it has had in the the Arab world and beyond.

Sakr, Naomi. Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris, 2001

Notes: A comprehensive discussion Arab, Iranian and Kurdish broadcasters And their development, considering both theoretical and practical issues within both the local and global contexts. See the chapter in the readings section of this unit for an example.

New Media (In General)

Eickelman, Dale F. and Anderson, Jon W., eds.. New Media in the Muslim World.

Notes: A collection of essays by sholars from all over the world who consider the impact of New Media on Muslim publics.

Nouraie-Simone, Fereshteh, ed.. On Shifting Ground. Muslim Women in the Global Era. New York: The Feminist Press of the City University of New York, 2005.

Notes: This edited volume focuses on the changing status and role of women in the era of gloabal communications and new media. Essays deal with the entire Middle East region, including countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as the participation of women in global movements.

Sakr, Naomi, ed.. Women and Media in the Middle East. Power through Self-Expression. London: I.B. Tauris, 2004.

Notes: This volume contains 11 essays, by various authors, that consider the state of the press and media (new and traditional) in Iran and the Arab World. broader themed essays survey topics such as women's use of the internet or women's interactions with media outlets. More specific essays look at topics such as Moroccan film-makers, Al-Manar TV and the Hezbullah Women's Association, or the role of media in the women's movement of Kuwait.

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