The traditional image of the Middle Eastern woman, as portrayed by the Western media, has tended to be one of a woman oppressed by men and religion. Veiling intensifies this image of supposed powerlessness and imprisonment. However, the Arab Spring uprisings have introduced the West to women in the Middle East who do not conform to this stereotype, and have shown the Western media that Middle Eastern women cannot be categorized altogether as one oppressed, powerless group.

This book investigates the diverse realities and complexities of women in the Middle East in terms of their relationship with media platforms old and new. Contributors offer a range of perspectives that discuss everything from media portrayals of the veil to women in film and television, from women’s involvement as activists on the street to the role played in the Arab Spring by cyber activism. The collection provides insight into how some women in the Middle East are utilizing traditional as well as new media for purposes of self-expression, activism, and democratization, while also investigating media portrayals of women at home and in the West. This book was originally published as a special issue of Feminist Media Studies.

chapter |5 pages

Introduction – From Veiling to Blogging: Women and media in the Middle East

Nahed Eltantawy

chapter 4|10 pages

Finding a Place for a Muslimah Heroine in the Post-9/11 Marvel Universe: New X-Men’s Dust

ByJulie Davis, Robert Westerfelhaus

chapter 6|11 pages

Mediated Piety in Contemporary Syria: Women, Islam, and Television

ByTatiana Rabinovich

chapter 7|10 pages

A Right to Exist: A Palestinian Speaks

ByElaine Drainville, Amir Saeed

chapter |10 pages

“TALKING BACK” The Poetry of Suheir Hammad

ByKenza Oumlil

chapter |12 pages


ByHande Eslen-Ziya

part 11|1 pages

The First Ladies and the Arab Spring: A Textual Analysis of the Media Coverage of the Female Counterparts of Authoritarian Oppression in the Middle East

part 12|1 pages

In Their Own Voice: Technologically Mediated Empowerment and Transformation Among Young Arab Women