Khamis Authors New Research Articles

Assistant professor Sahar Khamis is the author or co-author of two recent research publications. Her articles appear in the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research and the International Journal of Press/Politics.

Khamis's article in the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research is entitled "Islamic Feminism in New Arab Media: Platforms for Self-Expression and Site for Multiple Resistance." This article deals with the growing phenomenon of Islamic feminism and its multiple manifestations through many new media avenues in the Arab world today. It begins by defining the term Islamic feminism and the many ambivalences and paradoxes surrounding it. The article then maps the transformative socio-political landscape in the Arab world, with a special focus on the rising tide of (re)Islamization and its complex causes and implications. It also maps the equally transformative media landscape in the Arab world, especially the impact of the proliferation of satellite television channels and Internet websites on the degree of freedom, plurality and diversity that is permitted and exhibited throughout the Arab region. The article provides specific examples of this New Wave of Islamic feminism as it manifests itself through various satellite channels and Internet websites exhibiting different forms of self-expression and multiple resistances. Citation: Khamis, S. (2010). Islamic feminism in new Arab media: Platforms for self-expression and sites for multiple resistances. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 3(3), 237-255.

Khamis's article in the International Journal of Press/Politics is co-authored with Mohamed El-Nawawy and is entitled "Political blogging and (re)envisioning the virtual public sphere: Muslim-Christian discourses in two Egyptian blogs." This study utilizes the Habermasian public sphere as a theoretical framework to analyze the discussions and deliberations surrounding the Muslim—Christian discourses in Egypt as they were portrayed in two of the most popular Egyptian political blogs launched by a prominent male and a female political blogger in Egypt, namely, Wael Abbas and Nawara Negm, respectively. The study focused on the portrayal of Muslim—Christian tensions, in particular, as an especially sensitive and controversial issue to explore the extent to which the postings on these blogs reflect a new form of vibrant and dynamic virtual public sphere, and the degree to which this newly constructed virtual public sphere conforms to, or deviates from, the idealized Habermasian public sphere. Our analysis showed that although there was a genuine Habermasian public sphere reflected in some of the threads on the two blogs, there was a general lack of rational— critical debates, reciprocal deliberations, and communicative action as envisioned by Habermas. It also showed that this newly (re)envisioned virtual public sphere aimed to revitalize civil society, through broadening the base of popular participation, which in turn led to boosting and expanding the concept of citizen journalism, beyond the official sphere of mainstream media. Citation: El-Nawawy, M., & Khamis, S. (2011). Political blogging and (re)envisioning the virtual public sphere: Muslim-Christian discourses in two Egyptian blogs. International Journal of Press/Politics, 16(2),234-253.

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