Formerly TBS Journal

ISSN: 1687-7721

Arab World Independent, interactive, popular

Islam Online's Arabic homepage

Bettina Graf gets behind the scenes at, one of the world’s most popular Islamic websites, giving an in-depth look at how the site creates and issues fatwas.

Storm in a shisha

Some feared the 2008 novel The Jewel of Medina would create the fiercest backlash among Muslims since the Danish cartoon scandal. So why hasn’t it? Shereen El Feki looks at the politics surrounding the book’s publication.

BOOK REVIEW | Media Censorship in the Middle East

Jabbar al-Obaidi’s typology of the region’s media is a valuable contribution, writes John Measor, but imprecise analysis and failure to engage with existing scholarship undermines the work as a whole.

BOOK REVIEW | Desiring Arabs

Massad’s work on Arab sexuality in literature and media in reference to Said’s Orientalism will no doubt promote fruitful discussions, says Stephanie Tara Schwartz.

BBC Arabic TV: A

Hosam El Sokkari, the man behind the BBC's move into Arabic-language television, insists the new channel will not be the British Alhurra. So why would the British public want to spend Foreign Office money on a channel in the Arab world? Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak finds out.

Lessons worth learning: The Indonesian model

Flickr user ericsetiawan, published under a Creative Commons License

Over the last two decades an explosion of new private outlets has dramatically changed Indonesia’s media landscape, writes Publisher and Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak. What lessons does this hold for the Arab press?

Arab youth, television and “affluenza”

Does high television viewing correlate with more materialistic values in the Arab World? Recent survey data suggest not, says Mark Harmon.

BOOK REVIEW | Arab Television Today

Drawing on Sakr’s deep and sophisticated industry expertise, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in the political economy of the Arab television industry, writes Youssef Masrieh.

International broadcasting and intercultural dialogue: Deutsche Welle in the Arab World

Germany’s government spends over a quarter billion Euros a year on this satellite network aimed at stimulating intercultural dialogue. But does Deutsche Welle really connect with Arab viewers? Carola Richter investigates.

Strong medicine

What’s the difference between nine and 50 percent? Two months in prison or $5,000 if you’re a journalist in Sudan. Shereen El Feki on new initiatives to improve health and science journalism in the Arab World.

First Look: Watching BBC Arabic TV

It’s slick, thorough, professional and balanced – but does the new BBC Arabic satellite channel stand out from the crowd? Middle East media analyst Najm Jarrah weighs in.

BOOK REVIEW | Instant Nationalism: McArabism, al-Jazeera and Transnational Media in the Arab World

Instant Nationalism contains a wealth of material and a useful set of questions to be explored in further studies of transnational media in the Middle East and the shaping of regional public perception and political action, argues Becky Schulthies.

Arab League Satellite Broadcasting CharterIcon indicating an associated article is new

photo by Kim Badawi.

Principles for Regulating Satellite Broadcasting Transmission In the Arab World.
Unofficial English translation.

The Arab States Charter for Satellite Television: A quest for regulationIcon indicating an associated article is new

a screenshot from Al-Jazeera

The Arab League Satellite Broadcasting Charter is not so much different than the charters of many of the world’s broadcasting networks, such as NHK, BBC, and others, argues Hussein Y.Amin.

Satellite censorship Arab League styleIcon indicating an associated article is new

photo by Kim Badawi.

The Arab Satellite Charter is not an attempt to create an Arab version of the FCC, but rather a move to control the minds and thoughts of Arab viewers, mostly on political issues, writes Daoud Kuttab.

The rise and decline of London as a pan-Arab media hub

No longer calling?

Why is London losing its appeal as an Arab media hub? Not much has changed about Britain as a host, but structural shifts in the industry and a changing political landscape have combined to reduce the need for an offshore base, writes Najm Jarrah.

BOOK REVIEW | New Media and the New Middle East

While the strength of the writing and research varies by chapter, New Media and the New Middle East adds valuable data to a field where usage statistics and baseline information about audiences and advertising are virtually non-existent, says Book Reviews Editor Courtney C. Radsch.

Taking Stock

2007 best photo winner, by Kim Badawi,

Why was 2007 one of the deadliest years for Middle East reporters since World War II? Publisher and Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak looks back at a year of troubling trends for journalism in the region.

BOOK REVIEW | Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life

“While many contributors present fresh ethnographic research and �their weak arguments, inconclusive results and poor editing undermine the collection as a whole,” argues Anna Swank in her review of Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life.

Dubai: An emerging Arab media hub

Dubais Media City is a networking paradise for journalists

Dubai is fast becoming a global media hub – but for whom? Dana El-Baltaji examines Dubai’s business-friendly media model and its implications for the future of media in the Emirates.