This book introduces, explains, and explores communication in the modern Arab world. Focusing on contemporary times and the lasting effects of the Arab Spring, the book reveals how the unceasing growth of media and communication technologies have acted as ongoing agents of change. It provides evidence of mass communication’s potential to transform society, culture, politics, economies and development in a region where expectations of media and communication are higher than that of the western world.
Studying these media platforms and communication channels and their relationship to governments and other social and religious institutions reveals how an area of over 400 million people has seen both good and bad of transformations from the global communication wave. Case studies of media formats and practices specific to the region illuminate cultural and political factors that impact the growth of media and allow it to positively contribute to all-encompassing and democratization in the region.
Naila Hamdy, is associate dean for the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. She has authored numerous articles in international journals covering the fields of journalism, global communication, and political engagement. She has lectured at several universities worldwide including: the Arhus School of Journalism in Denmark, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Thomas Moore University, Belgium, The Free University of Berlin, The University of Qatar and the American University of the Emirates amongst others. She is a member of the board and a former president of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE).
Philip Auter, is the Hubert Bourgeois Endowed Professor of Communication and graduate coordinator for the department of communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Auter has authored over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and other contributions—many on the Middle East and North Africa. He has presented at regional, national, and international communication conferences and was the lead author of a USAID Middle East Partnership Initiative grant. Auter is a member of the board of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE).