About Arab Media & Society

The impact of the pan-Arab satellite revolution is today felt at every level of Arab society – and in every form of media. Which is why Arab Media & Society is the next logical incarnation of its predecessor, TBS Journal, covering not just television, but all forms of media and their interaction with society-at-large, from politics and business to culture and religion, as well as the way in which Arab media change resonates in the broader Muslim world.

The style of Arab Media & Society aims to be serious, well-researched and readable, The journal is committed to combining academic peer-reviewed articles (read more here) with timely well informed on-the-ground accounts of developments.  This depth and range of content is what distinguishes Arab Media & Society. 

In addition to tracing developments in Arab media outlets and technologies, the journal is also concerned with the changing content of media in the Middle East. Our articles address both the producers of media content (journalists, media professionals, celebrities) and the consumers of that content (audiences), as well as considering relationships between the two.

We welcome submissions from a wide variety of contributors including media professionals and journalists, regional commentators, researchers and academics of all disciplinary perspectives—anthropology, journalism, political science, media and film studies, history, and sociology. 

The online-only format is designed to provide a range of resources, including an easily searchable archive of free content on media in the Middle East stretching back to 1998. In addition, the site will contain multimedia such as video and podcasts to complement the written content. Contributors can exploit the online nature of the journal by including images, audio and video alongside their articles.

Arab Media & Society will publish quarterly with frequent updates of time-sensitive articles, as well as real-time excerpts of articles from the Arab media and links to relevant pieces published elsewhere on the Internet.

The journal is indebted to the American University in Cairo for its ongoing support.

Editorial Board

Jon Alterman is Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, Director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., and author of New Media: New Politics: From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World.

Hussein Amin is Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Jon Anderson, chair of the Department of Anthropology, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

Mohammed el-Nawawy is a Knight-Crane endowed chair and associate professor in the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. His areas of expertise and research interests are focused on new media in the Middle East, particularly satellite channels and the Internet. He is author and co-author of four books: Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (2009); Al-Jazeera: The story of the network that is rattling governments and redefining modern journalism (2003); Al-Jazeera: How the free Arab news network scooped the world and changed the Middle East (2002); and The Israeli-Egyptian peace process in the reporting of Western journalists (2002). He is the founding and senior editor of the Journal of Middle East Media. 

Kai Hafez, Chair Professor for International and Comparative Media Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany.

Michael C. Hudson is currently director of the Middle East Institute and professor of political science at the National University of Singapore.  He is Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University, where he was for many years a professor of international relations and director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.

Adel Iskandar
, lecturer at the University of Texas-Austin. He is co-author of Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Westview, 2003), and co-editor of Edward Said: Emancipation & Representation (University of California Press, forthcoming 2007). Iskandar is Visiting Scholar at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), Georgetown University.

Sahar Khamis
is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s Studies and the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media and co-author of the book Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Rami Khouri
is editor-at-large of The Daily Star, a syndicated columnist, and Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. 

Marwan M. Kraidy is Professor of Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut (2011-2012). His books include the award-winning Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life (Cambridge, 2010); Arab Television Industries (BFI/Palgrave, 2009, with J. Khalil); Hybridity, or, The Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple, 2005), and the co-edited volumes Global Media Studies: Ethnographic Perspectives (Routledge, 2003) and The Politics of Reality Television: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2010). 

Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science at the George Washington University where he directs the Institute for Middle East Studies, editor of The Middle East Channel for and non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  His most recent book is The Arab Uprising:The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East (PublicAffairs, 2012).

William A. Rugh, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, U.S.; Exeutive Committee of the Public Diplomacy Council; and adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute.

Naomi Sakr is Professor of Media Policy at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and Director of the CAMRI Arab Media Centre at the University of Westminster, London. She has written two books on the political economy of Arab television, Arab Television Today (2007) and Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East (2001), and has edited two collections on the socio-politics of Arab media, Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life (2007) and Women and Media in the Middle East: Power through Self-Expression (2004). 

Christa Salamandra is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College, CUNY.  She has been a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Lebanese American University, Beirut.  She is the author of A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria, Indiana University Press 2004, and several articles on Arab media.  She is currently working on an ethnography of Syrian television drama production.

S. Abdallah Schleifer is Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo, adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and chief editor of The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2011.  He is the founder of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at AUC and of TBS Journal, the predecessor of Arab Media & Society

Contributing Editors

Pete Ajemian is a freelance writer who has written on political violence, terrorism, and Arab media politics. His recent masters dissertation research at the University of St. Andrews examined issues of new media, politics and security in the Arab world. His interest in Arab political media developed over the course of his Arabic language studies in Lebanon and the US. He also authors a blog for the Foreign Policy Association reporting on Arab media coverage of political developments in the Middle East.

Andrew Exum is the Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the American University of Beirut. From 2000 until 2004, he served in the U.S. Army and led combat units in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of This Man's Army (Gotham: 2004), and is a native of East Tennessee.

Charles Levinson is a journalist for Agence France Press based in Jerusalem. He is former news editor of Cairo magazine.

Dana El-Baltaji is the assistant guides editor for Time Out GCC in Dubai and a contributor to  She holds an MA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut, an MSc in Writing and Cultural Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut. Prior to working for Time Out, Dana was a lecturer at the American University of Dubai and the American University of Beirut.

Hugh Miles is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written for The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and the Sunday Times. Al Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel that Challenged the World is his first book.

Sune Haugbolle is a post-doctoral research fellow at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford and has published various articles on modern Lebanon, including "Spatial Transformations in the Lebanese Independence Intifada," in Arab Studies Journal, 2006 and “From A-lists to Webtifadas: Developments in the Lebanese Blogosphere 2005-2006,” in Arab Media & Society, 2007.

Paul Cochrane is a freelance journalist based in Beirut, writing on politics, media, business and education. H e has reported for  The Independent On Sunday, The Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung, The Straits Times, Jane's,  and The Times Higher Educational Supplement.  Cochrane formerly worked as an editor at Beirut's The Daily Star and was news editor of Middle East Broadcasters Journal. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut and a BA in International Politics and International History from Keele University, England.

Vivian Salama spent nearly three years as a journalist and commentator in the Middle East, recently returning to New York to pursue a Master's degree in Middle East Studies at Columbia University. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for Newsweek, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune, The Daily Star and the Jerusalem Post. Prior to working in the Middle East, Salama was a producer for NBC News in New York.

Sharon Otterman has spent the last year and a half researching and writing articles about women and political reform in Cairo. Her articles have been published by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, and United Press International. A Fulbright scholarship winner, she holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University .

Book Reviews Editor

Samer Abboud is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.  His research interests are broadly focused on the political economy of the Arab World, particularly the impacts of market policies.  He is currently working on a research project on the rise and popularity of the Syrian television industry.

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