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Intercultural Communication as a Clash of Civilizations

Al-Jazeera and Qatar’s Soft Power

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Tal Samuel-Azran

Intercultural Communication as a Clash of Civilizations argues that Al-Jazeera is not an agent of globalization, as is widely argued, but a tool used by the Qatari government to advance its political as well as Islamist goals. This book also maps the Western tendency to reject the network outright despite Al-Jazeera’s billion-dollar investments designed to gain entrance into Western markets; it shows empirically that this rejection is similarly rooted in religious, cultural and national motives. This book asserts that the main outcome of Al-Jazeera’s activities is the promotion of religious and cultural conflicts. The network persistently portrays global events through the prism of conflicting religious and cultural values – propelling a clash of civilizations as per Samuel P. Huntington’s well-known thesis.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Samuel-Azran, Tal, author. Title: Intercultural communication as a clash of civilizations: Al-Jazeera and Qatar’s soft power / Tal Samuel-Azran. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Critical intercultural communication studies; vol. 19 | ISSN 1528-6118 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016008101 | ISBN 978-1-4331-2264-4 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-2263-7 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1761-9 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Al Jazeera (Television network) | Television broadcasting of news—Political aspects—Qatar. | Intercultural communication. Classification: LCC PN1992.92.A39 S35 2016 | DDC 384.5506/55363—dc23 LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2016008101 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/.

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