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

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Marc Lynch draws on interviews conducted in the Middle East and analyses of Arab satellite television programs, op-ed pages, and public opinion polls to examine the nature, evolution, and influence of the new Arab public sphere. According to Lynch, the days of monolithic Arab opinion are over, and the way in which Arab governments and the United States engage this newly confident and influential public sphere will profoundly shape the future of the Arab world. Lynch pays close attention to the revolution of the ...

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Overview


Marc Lynch draws on interviews conducted in the Middle East and analyses of Arab satellite television programs, op-ed pages, and public opinion polls to examine the nature, evolution, and influence of the new Arab public sphere. According to Lynch, the days of monolithic Arab opinion are over, and the way in which Arab governments and the United States engage this newly confident and influential public sphere will profoundly shape the future of the Arab world. Lynch pays close attention to the revolution of the formation and expression of public opinion, presenting detailed discussions of Arab arguments about sanctions and the 2003 American and British invasion and occupation of Iraq. He also suggests how the United States can develop and improve its involvement with the Arab public sphere by entering it as it is instead of treating it as an enemy to be defeated or an object to be manipulated.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News - Philip Seib

In Voices of the New Arab Public... Marc Lynch does an excellent job of appraising the impact of this change.

Newsweek - John R. Bradley

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

Jordan Times - Sally Bland

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

New Statesman - Jean Seaton

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

The Midwest Book Review - Michael J. Carson

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

Perspectives on Politics - Mahmud A. Faksh

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

Global Media and Communication - Soek-Fang Sim

A wonderful read.

Transnational Broadcasting Studies - Carola Richter

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

Middle East Studies Journal - Jon W. Anderson

Lynch has performed a methodological breakthrough.

Meida International Australia - Tal Azran

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

Middle East Policy - Joana Odencrantz

A worthwhile read for academics and policy makers alike.

Choice

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

Dallas Morning News
In Voices of the New Arab Public... Marc Lynch does an excellent job of appraising the impact of this change.

— Philip Seib

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

— John R. Bradley

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

— Sally Bland

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

— Jean Seaton

Choice

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

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

— Michael J. Carson

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

— Mahmud A. Faksh

Global Media and Communication
A wonderful read.

— Soek-Fang Sim

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

— Carola Richter

Middle East Studies Journal
Lynch has performed a methodological breakthrough.

— Jon W. Anderson

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

— Tal Azran, Melbourne University

International Journal of Middle East Studies

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231508810
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science at George Washington University and the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is the author of State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan's Identity, and his articles on the Arab media and Iraq have appeared in the The Wilson Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, the International Herald Tribune, and Middle East Report, among other publications. He also runs the influential Middle East politics blog, Abu Aardvark (abuaardvark.com).

Marc Lynch is Professor of Political Science at Williams College and author of State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan's Identity (CUP, July, 1999)

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Table of Contents

1 Iraq and the new Arab public 1
2 The structural transformation of the Arab public sphere 29
3 The Iraqi challenge and the old Iraqi public 89
4 The al-Jazeera era 125
5 Baghdad falls 171
6 New Iraq, new Arab public 213
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