New issue of ARB, plus TBS

Abu Aardvark highlights some of the most interesting articles in the current issue of the Arab Reform Bulletin here. A lot of stuff on media. On a similar topic, I've just discovered the Transnational Broadcasting Journal, published by the American University in Cairo, which has a bunch of articles on the Arab media in its current issue. Highlights:

  • An interview with Sheikh Qaradawi, probably the most influential Islamist thinker today


  • An interview with Ahmed Farrag, a pioneer of Arab religious broadcasting, by Lindsay Wise.


  • An article on Dubai's media transformation by Humphrey Davies, the fantastic translator of the Cairene literary phenomenon The Yacoubian Building


  • An article on Al Jazeera's code of ethics by Abdullah Schlieffer, a professor of journalism at the American University in Cairo who featured prominently in the recent documentary on Al Jazeera, Control Room.
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    Issandr El Amrani

    Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.