The New Regressive Leftist Media
This book is the first comprehensive research conducted on the pan-Arab TV station al-Mayadeen – an important representative of the post-2011 generation of Arab satellite news media. Likewise, it is an investigation of a growing political trend and ideological discourse in the Arab world, which the book identifies as The New Regressive Left. The book sheds light on overlooked parts of the Arab population, which neither identified with the vision of the young activists initiating the uprisings, nor with the ambition of the growing Islamist tendency that followed. Rather it voices a grouping of Shia Muslims, religious minorities, parts of the Arab Left, secular cultural producers, and supports of the resistance movements brought together by their shared fear of the future.
Drawing on a wide variety of programmes from the station’s first four years and on interviews with staff members, the book captures how a TV station can play a role in the production of ideology through e.g. its composition of programmes, collaborations, events, iconization of cultural figures, choice of aesthetics, as well as through its recycling of cultural heritage and already existing ideological concepts. Overall, four ideological core concepts emerges, namely: the support of the resistance, the rejection of Sunni Islamism, the acceptance of authoritarianism, and the challenging of neoliberalism. Taking seriously a media outlet such as al-Mayadeen and the worldview driving an ideological discourse such as The New Regressive Left seems more acute than ever if we want to grasp the developments in a post-2011 Arab world.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. XIV, 216 pp.
- About the author
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- Transliteration and Translation
- The New Regressive Left
- Theoretical Frame – My Point of Departure
- Producing Ideology through Practices and Performances
- Methodological Approach
- 1. Exploring Ideoscapes Surrounding The New Regressive Left
- The Formative Years
- The Ba‘ath Party
- Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP)
- Hizbollah – the Islamism of the Left
- Iran and the Export of Authoritarianism
- Disagreements and Core Ideological Concepts in the Post-2011 Arab Left
- 2. Exploring Mediascapes Surrounding al-Mayadeen
- The al-Jazeera Era
- Religious Broadcasting in a Secular Space?
- Arab Mediascape Post-2011
- Introducing al-Mayadeen
- Financial and Political Connections
- The People at al-Mayadeen
- The Audience – Who, Where and How Many?
- 3. The Creation of an Icon: The Case of Jamila Bouhired
- The Concept of the Secular Icon
- The Framing of the Icon
- The Worshipping of Bouhired
- Celebrating the Female Fighter
- Celebrating the Golden Age
- Why Jamila Bouhired? Connecting the Past to the Present
- Changing Readings of an Icon – Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Discrepancies
- 4. Celebrating the Muqawama through Words, Images and Songs: The Case of Palestine
- From Hero to Victim – and Back Again
- Culture as Muqawama
- The Promotion of Militant Muqawama through Art
- Ṣumud – You Have to Be a Victim, in Order to Resist
- The Bigger Picture
- 5. Re-launching Iltizam through Leftist Cultural Figures: The Case of the Cultural Talk Show Bayt al-Qasid
- Bayt al-Qasid – a Cultural Show
- The Notion of Iltizam – an Historical Overview
- Iltizam in Bayt al-Qasid
- Patriotism – the Space for Emotions and Personal Sorrows
- The Progressive Ideals: Personal Dilemmas and Ideological Ambivalences
- 6. Walking a Tightrope: The Role of Religion
- Religious Broadcasting at al-Mayadeen – the Shows and the Hosts
- Harrir Aqlak and the Legacy of al-Nahda
- Religious Pluralism versus Sectarianism and the Case of Ajras al-Mashreq
- Two Sides of the Same Coin – and the Problem of Saudi Arabia
- Change or Stability?
- 7. The Re-launch of Third Worldism: The Voice of the Global South and the Cooperation with TeleSUR
- Third Worldism – Past and Present
- The Revolutionary South, Imperialism and the Concept of “Soft War”
- Fighting a Media War
- Which Left?
- Al-Mayadeen in the Arab Media and Ideoscapes 188
- Progressive or Regressive?
- The New Regressive Left
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