The events of 9/11 have cast a shadow of suspicion on Muslims in Western Europe and fostered a public discourse of arbitrary associations with violence and resistance to social and cultural integration. The he anxiety this has engendered are animating day-to-day debates on the place and loyalty of Muslims in Western societies. Exploring the neglected reality of ethnic radio in Paris and Berlin, “Voicing Diasporas: Ethnic Radio in Paris and Berlin Between Cultural Renewal and Retention” examines how Muslim minorities of North African descent in France and Germany resist these glaring generalizations and challenge bounded narratives and laws of cultural citizenship in both countries. Through an analysis of Beur FM in Paris and Radio Multikulti in Berlin, this book also questions the reductionist view of diasporic media as expressions of longing, nostalgia, and cultural dislocation. This ground-breaking study is as essential read for not only scholars and higher education students in various fields, but for those interested in this ever-changing, topical issue.

My colleague, Adrienne Russell, and I have edited a book on international blogging.  Here is a short description:

Bloggers around the world produce material for local,national and international audiences, yet they are developing in ways that are distinct from the U.S. model. Through a series of case studies of English, Chinese, Arab, French, Russian and Hebrew language blogs, this book explores the way blogging is being conceptualized in different cultural contexts. The collection illustrates what lies beyond A-list blogs - the most highly trafficked sites - calling into question assumptions that form the base of much of what we read on blogging and by extension on global amateur or DIY media. By looking at local contexts, this book begins to develop more nuanced assessments of how blogospheres serve communication needs, how they exist in relation to one another, where they exist apart as well as where they overlap and how they interact with other forms of communication in the larger media landscape. 

Select Publications

-"Disruptive Visibilities: Awakening Records and the Marketing of Islamic Media." Sociologica, 8(3).

-"Muslimah Media Watch: Muslim media activism and social change." Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 14(7), 852-867.

-“From Audiotapes to Videoblogs: the Delocalization of Authority in Islam.” Nations and- Nationalism,17(1) 1-20

-"Qibla Cola and Designer Hijab: New Global Patterns of Islamic Consumption.” in Gordon Lynch (Ed.) Reader in Media, Religion and Culture. New York/London: Routledge

-“Hyper-Islamism? Mediating Islam from the Halal website to the Islamic talk show.” Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 1(3), pp: 199-214

-“Republican Diasporas: Beur FM and the Suburban Riots in France.” Journal of Intercultural Studies 28 (3): 301-316

 “(Be)longing Media: Minority Radio between Cultural Retention and Renewal. The Case of Beur FM and Radio MultiKulti.” Javnost/The Public 9(1): 37-50

-“We Are French Too but Different: Radio, Music and the Articulation of Difference among Young North-Africans in France.” Gazette 63(4): 295-310.

-"New imagined Frenchness: Med’in Marseille and the identity debates in France. In M. Ardizzoni and V. Ferme, Mediterranean cities. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (forthcoming in 2015).

-"American Muslims and the media." In O. Safi and J. Hammer (Eds.), The Cambridge companion to American Islam. (pp. 119-138). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

-"Taming the West: Mediations of Muslim modernities." In K. Lundby (Ed.) Religion across media: From early antiquity to late modernity. (137-152). New York: Peter Lang. 

-"Islam, mediation and technology" In P. Simonson, J. Peck, R. T, Craig & J. P. Jackson (Eds.) The Handbook of Communication History. (pp. 440-52). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis/The ICA Handbook Series.

“Transnational Masculinities in Muslim Televangelist Cultures.”  in Radha  Hedge, Circuits of Visibility:  Gender and Transnational Media Cultures. New York University Press.

SelectEditorial Columns

Arab Intellectuals, Where Are You?, Open Democracy,

As a Muslim, I Am Exhausted. Religion Dispatches, 

 Severed Heads And Righteous Religion: Not In My Muslim Name. Forbes Magazine. 

 Fox News-Style Fear Spreads in the Middle East. Salon Magazine. 

 Free Arabs: Satire, disobedience, and disclaimers. Religion Dispatches. 

Zero Dark Thirty and Argo don't do justice to Arabs and Iranians. The Guardian. 

 Al Jazeera and the promise of the Arab revolution. The Huffington Post.  

“Googling Islam and Paranoia” September 10, 2010 The Huffington Post

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