The Press in the Arab Middle East: A History

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAmi Ayalon

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Newspapers and the practice of journalism began in the Middle East in the nineteenth century and evolved during a period of accelerated sociopolitical and cultural change. Inspired by a foreign model, the Arab press developed in its own way, in terms of its political and social roles, culturalfunction, and the public image of those who engaged in it. 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 remarkablevitality 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.

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Newspapers and the practice of journalism began in the Middle East in the nineteenth century and evolved during a period of accelerated sociopolitical and cultural change. Inspired by a foreign model, the Arab press developed in its own way, in terms of its political and social roles, culturalfunction, and the public image of those who...

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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...

Ami Ayalon is at Tel Aviv University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Anyone with an interest in the media and politics in the Middle East will treasure Ayalon's thorough history of the rise of print media in the Arab world...Scholars will want this book in their personal libraries..."--Religious Studies Review