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Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine

Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine
Dina Matar, Zahera Harb

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The term 'conflict' has often been used broadly and uncritically to talk about diverse situations ranging from street protests to war, though the many factors that give rise to any conflict and its continuation over a period of time vary greatly. The starting point of this innovative book is that to consider conflict within a singular concept disables a coherent analysis of the constituent factors behind any particular conflict. At the same time, to consider each conflict as entirely distinct and unique undermines an attempt to examine common factors in all conflicts. The contributors set out to explore alternative ways in which the long-term conflicts in Palestine and Lebanon have been and are narrated, imagined and remembered in diverse spaces, including that of the media. They examine discourses and representations of the conflicts as well as practices of memory and performance in narratives of suffering and conflict, all of which suggest an embodied investment in narrating or communicating conflict. In so doing, they engage with local, global and regional realities in Lebanon and Palestine and they respond dynamically to these realities.

Table of Contents


Approaches to Narrating Confl ict in Palestine and Lebanon: Practices, Discourses and Memories
Dina Matar and Zahera Harb


Just a Few Small Changes: The Limits of Televisual Palestinian Representation of Confl icts within the Transnational 'Censorscape'
Matt Sienkiewicz

Mediating Internal Confl ict in Lebanon and its Ethical Boundaries
Zahera Harb

Negotiating Representation, Re-making War: Transnationalism, Counter-hegemony and Contemporary Art from Post-Taif Beirut
Hanan Toukan

Narratives in Confl ict: Emile Habibi’s al-Waqa’i al-Ghariba and Elia Suleiman’s Divine Intervention
Refqa Abu-Remaileh


Islam in the Narrative of Fatah and Hamas
Atef Alshaer

Al Manar: Cultural Discourse and Representation of Resistance
Rounwah Adly Riyadh Bseiso

The Battle over Victimhood: Roles and Implications of Narratives of Suffering in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Kirkland Newman Smulders

The 'I Love...' Phenomenon in Lebanon: The Transmutations of Discourse, its Impact on Civil Society, the Media and Democratization
Carole Helou

Memories and Narration

Making Sense of War News among Adolescents in Lebanon: The Politics of Solidarity and Partisanship
Helena Nassif

Narrating the Nakba: Palestinian Filmmakers Revisit 1948
Nadia Yaqub

Bearing Witness to Al Nakba in a Time of Denial
Teodora Todorova

Author Info

Dina Matar is Senior Lecturer in Arab media and International Political Communication at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. A former foreign correspondent in the Middle East and elsewhere, she is author of What it means to be Palestinian: Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood (I.B.Tauris, 2010), and co-editor/founder of the 'Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication'. Zahera Harb is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, City University, London. A former broadcast journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organisations, she is the author of Channels of Resistance in Lebanon, Liberation Propaganda, Hezbollah and the Media (I.B.Tauris, 2011).


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Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies

ISBN: 9781780761039
Publication Date: 29 May 2013
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138

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