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Arab TV-Audiences

Negotiating Religion and Identity

Edited By Ehab Galal

Today the relations between Arab audiences and Arab media are characterised by pluralism and fragmentation. More than a thousand Arab satellite TV channels alongside other new media platforms are offering all kinds of programming. Religion has also found a vital place as a topic in mainstream media or in one of the approximately 135 religious satellite channels that broadcast guidance and entertainment with an Islamic frame of reference. How do Arab audiences make use of mediated religion in negotiations of identity and belonging? The empirical based case studies in this interdisciplinary volume explore audience-media relations with a focus on religious identity in different countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, and the United States.
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About the Contributors

About the Contributors

Dr Ehab Galal (

Assistant Professor in Media and Society in the Middle East at the Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has specialised in Arab and Islamic media in local and global contexts, mediated religion, social media and diaspora identities.

Dr Lise Paulsen Galal (

Associate Professor of Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University. She is an anthropologist and has specialised in Middle Eastern Christians and Christian-Muslim relations (in Egypt and Denmark), migration and transnationality and religious minorities.

Dr Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, York University (Toronto). She is a cultural sociologist whose work includes media studies, Algerian cinema, Muslim women and the media, diaspora in plura-cultural societies and laicité in Quebec and France.

Dr Vivian Ibrahim (

Croft Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Mississippi. Focusing on the Middle East, her research interests include religion, national identity and politics of the region.

Dr Noha Mellor (

Professor in Research Institute for Media, Arts & Performances, University of Bedfordshire, UK. Her research interests are Arab media, including Arab news, Arab journalism, media industries and “cyber Islam”.

Dr Khalil Rinnawi (

Assistant professor and researcher in the School of Social Behavior in the College of Management in Rishon Letzion. His research covers Arab transnational media, new pan-Arabism and television consumption.