12. Middle East Media Research

Problems and Approaches

  1. Ingrid Volkmer
  1. Dina Matar and
  2. Ehab Bessaiso

Published Online: 20 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255278.ch12

The Handbook of Global Media Research

The Handbook of Global Media Research

How to Cite

Matar, D. and Bessaiso, E. (2012) Middle East Media Research, in The Handbook of Global Media Research (ed I. Volkmer), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255278.ch12

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198707

Online ISBN: 9781118255278



  • Middle East media research, problems and approaches;
  • comparative media research, and complex nature of the Middle East;
  • the Middle East and media, diverse ways the Middle East being conceived;
  • “de-Westernizing” or “internationalizing” media theory, beyond media-centric;
  • media content research, on the Arab media landscape;
  • reforms in media laws of countries, slow to materialize


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Comparative Regional Analysis

  • Comparing Media Systems

  • The Public Sphere

  • What About the People?

  • Old Paradigms: Restricted Visions

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References