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Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today

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ISBN-13: 978-0231134484
ISBN-10: 0231134487
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In Voices of the New Arab Public... Marc Lynch does an excellent job of appraising the impact of this change.

(Philip Seib Dallas Morning News)

Voices of the New Arab Public is a closely argued and highly provocative study.

(John R. Bradley Newsweek)

No other has addressed the intersection between the media and the prospects for social change in such a meaningful way.

(Sally Bland Jordan Times)

Lynch's authoritative and exciting book, rooted in local knowledge, urgently demands that we engage with this modern Arab world.

(Jean Seaton New Statesman)

This study is lucidly written, and an excellent discussion of the true nature of the Arab media and opinion... Highly recommended.

(Choice)

Lynch offers a fascinating study of the history, present day, and future of new voices flourishing in the middle east.

(Michael J. Carson The Midwest Book Review)

A highly scholarly study, extensively researched, well documented, and lucidly written, combining a wealth of data and keen analysis.

(Mahmud A. Faksh Perspectives on Politics)

A wonderful read.

(Soek-Fang Sim Global Media and Communication)

A must-read work for anyone interested in political communication, civil society, democratization or transformation process in Arab societies.

(Carola Richter Transnational Broadcasting Studies)

Lynch has performed a methodological breakthrough.

(Jon W. Anderson Middle East Studies Journal)

A great read for readers who want a Western scholar's insight on the trends of the new Arab public.

(Tal Azran, Melbourne University Meida International Australia)

A worthwhile read for academics and policy makers alike.

(Joana Odencrantz Middle East Policy)

An empirically rich and challenging statement about the political effects of the "new media."

(International Journal of Middle East Studies)

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Voices of the New Arab Public is an unusually compelling book that examines a crucial issue for the Arab world, Europe, and the United States. Marc Lynch's clear and persuasive arguments add vividness and immediacy to discussions of the role of Iraq in the emergence of an Arab public sphere. The events of September 2001 and those following the invasion of Iraq make an understanding of this issue particularly urgent.

(Dale F. Eickelman, Dartmouth College, coeditor of New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere)

Marc Lynch's work is a unique and valuable contribution to understanding issues vital to Americans. Its wealth of detail on what Arabs discuss among themselves will help Westerners understand the true nature of Arab media and opinion. Marc Lynch lets us listen to ongoing Arab discussions Westerners rarely hear.

(Ambassador William Rugh, author of Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (January 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231134487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231134484
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Matlock on April 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
'To see ourselves as others see us' (from Robert Burns) is not something that we are usually granted. In today's world Al-Jazeera is presenting us with that opportunity.

The Arab world is for the most part characterised by leadership that is less than ideal. In most Arab countries the news is heavily censored, controled or owned by a state that just wants its own views to be shown. These media had relatively little to tell us as they were simply parroting the governments view. ==In recent years, Al-Jazeera and other smaller satellite based news agencies have begun presenting a relatively unbiased news report that goes around the official government reporting.

This book is first a report on Al-Jazeera and the way it presents the news. Second, it offers a series of suggestions on how the United States can develop and improve its engagement with the Arab public sphere.

This is one of the few books to report on the Arab view, and further to discuss the changes in the information dissemination area. It is a book that deserves reading by anyone interested in developing a realistic view of the conflict that is emerging between the US and the Arab world.
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Format: Hardcover
Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, Al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today boldly reveals that the era of monolithic Arab opinion are over. Examining how Al-Jazeera and other satellite television stations have revolutionized Arab journalism and politics by breaking state control over information, Voices of the New Arab Public particularly focuses upon the Al-Jazeera era in context of the challenges facing modern Iraq. Political science professor Marc Lynch offers a fascinating study of the history, present day, and future of new voices flourishing in the middle east.
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