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Islamic feminism in new Arab media Platforms for self-expression and sites for multiple resistances

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This article deals with the growing phenomenon of Islamic feminism and its multiple manifestations through many new media avenues in the Arab world today. It begins by defining the term Islamic feminism and the many ambivalences and paradoxes surrounding it. The article then maps the transformative socio-political landscape in the Arab world, with a special focus on the rising tide of (re)Islamization and its complex causes and implications. It also maps the equally transformative media landscape in the Arab world, especially the impact of the proliferation of satellite television channels and Internet websites on the degree of freedom, plurality and diversity that is permitted and exhibited throughout the Arab region. The article provides specific examples of this New Wave of Islamic feminism as it manifests itself through various satellite channels and Internet websites exhibiting different forms of self-expression and multiple resistances.
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Keywords: Internet websites; Islamic feminism; blogging; new media; re-islamization; satellite television

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Maryland, United States.

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • The emergence of satellite TV, the internet and digital technology have dramatically changed the way audiences receive information and interact with the media. The sudden success of Al-Jazeera and other Arab broadcasters have altered the way the Arab world narrates itself and reports news from the region to the rest of the world. The journal aims to lead the debate about these emerging rapid changes in media and society in Arab and Muslim parts of the world.
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