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New book by Queens professor explores Islamic Web sites

08/14/09 -  

Islam dot comA new book by Queens University of Charlotte professor Dr. Mohammed el-Nawawy  provides one of the first broad studies about the most visited Islamic Web sites.

"Islam Dot Com" was co-written by Sahar Khamis of the University of Maryland at College Park.  It analyzes the vibrancy, openness and challenges of discussion forums on the three most visited Islamic Web sites.  It explores the extent to which these Islamic websites have provided a venue for Muslims to freely engage in vibrant deliberations and constructive discussions among themselves and with non-Muslims about various political, economic, religious and social issues.

El-Nawawy is a Knight-Crane endowed chair in the School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte.  He teaches international communication, mass communication, media globalization and Middle Eastern media courses. His research interests are focused on new media in the Middle East, particularly satellite channels and the Internet, and their impact on the Arab public sphere. He is also interested in issues of public diplomacy and ways of initiating effective dialogue between the Middle East and the West.

El-Nawawy is the author or co-author of three other books: "Al-Jazeera: The story of the network that is rattling governments and redefining modern journalism;" "Al-Jazeera: How the free Arab news network scooped the world and changed the Middle East" and "The Israeli-Egyptian peace process in the reporting of Western journalists."  He has also published in several national and foreign journals in the international communication field.  He is the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Media and a board member on the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators.

He was born and raised in Egypt, where he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mass communication at the American University in Cairo.  He earned his doctoral degree in journalism at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Khamis is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Middle Eastern media and is the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University.  She earned a PhD in Mass Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester in England. She also wrote chapters in the books "Women and Media in the Middle East: Power Through Self-Expression" and "New Media and the New Middle East."

The book's cover was designed by Curtis Grooms, a 2009 Queens graduate.

It is available from publisher Palgrave Macmillan: http://www.palgrave-usa.com/catalog/product.aspx?isbn=0230600352.
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