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Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle

Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle
Lina Khatib

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Politics in the Middle East is now 'seen' and the image is playing a central part in processes of political struggle. This is the first book in the literature to engage directly with these changing ways of communicating politics in the region - and particularly with the politics of the image, its power as a political tool. Lina Khatib presents a cross-country examination of emerging trends in the use of visuals in political struggles in the Middle East, from the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon to the Green Movement in Iran, to the Arab Spring in Egypt, Syria and Libya. She demonstrates how states, activists, artists and people 'on the street' are making use of television, the social media and mobile phones, as well as non-electronic forms, including posters, cartoons, billboards and graffiti to convey and mediate political messages. She also draws attention to politics as a visual performance by leaders and citizens alike.

With a particular focus on the visual dynamics of the Arab Spring, and based on case studies on the visual dimension of political protest as well as of political campaigning and image management by political parties and political leaders, Image Politics in the Middle East shows how visual expression is at the heart of political struggle in the Middle East today. It is a hard-hitting, enjoyable, groundbreaking book, challenging the traditional ways in which politics in the Middle East is conceived of and analysed.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Revolutionary Illusions
1. The Visual Legacy of the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon
2. Hizbullah: Image Management and Political Survival
3. The Politics of (In)visibility in Iran

Part II: Revolutionary Images
4. The Visual Rush of the Arab Spring
5. Television Images and Political Struggle
6. From Images of Dictators to Images of Citizens

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Author Info

Lina Khatib is the head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. She is the author of Filming the Modern Middle East: Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World (2006) and of Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond (2008), both from I.B.Tauris.

Extras

Lina Khatib writes for the Guardian discussing how conflicts in Syria are re-opening Lebanon's old war divisions. Read.

An extract from the book, discussing the visual rush of the Arab Spring, is available on Scribd. Read.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.

Paperback
ISBN: 9781848852822
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 30 integrated bw illustrations

Hardback
ISBN: 9781848852815
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 30 integrated bw illustrations

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