The Press in the Arab Middle East

The Press in the Arab Middle East : A History

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Newspapers and journalism began in the Middle East in the nineteenth century and evolved during a period of accelerated change which shaped their unique political, social and cultural role. Drawing on a wealth of sources, this study for the first time explores the press as a Middle Eastern institution. It focuses on the circumstances that influences the growth of the Arab press, its own impact on local historical developments, and the long-term effects that early patterns of its emergence have had on later more

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  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 161.8 x 237.5 x 25.9mm | 653.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195087801
  • 9780195087802

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Contains a wealth of information on the nature, development, and progress of this rarefied topic in historical scholarship....This competently researched, very well written, and elegantly produced study throws bright light on its subject matter, not only as a particular item in the inventory of Arab culture, but also as an institution that exists within overall socio-political and economic systems of varied though closely related polities....Wholeheartedly recommended. * Choice *show more

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In The Press in the Arab Middle East, Ami Ayalon draws on a broad array of primary sources - a century of Arabic newspapers, biographies and memoirs of Arab journalists and politicians, and archival material - as well as a large body of published studies, to portray the remarkable vitality of Arab journalism. He explores the press as a Middle Eastern institution during its formative century before World War II and the circumstances that shaped its growth, tracing its impact, in turn, on local historical developments. After treating the major phases in chronological sequence, he looks closely at more specific aspects: the relations between press and state; newspapers and their audience; the press and traditional cultural norms; economic aspects of the trade; and journalism as a new profession in Arab society. An insightful analysis of a pivotal aspect of Arab history, this book will appeal to scholars and students of Middle East history and politics and to all those interested in the interaction of media and more

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