Religious Broadcasting in the Middle East : Content Analysis of Selected Channels and Programs

Over the past decade, television broadcasting has become central in shaping public attitudes in the Middle East. Against a backdrop of authoritarian governments, political instability, war and pervasive foreign military intervention, broadcasting has emerged as a platform for expressing views and opinions that might otherwise have gone unheard if not been totally disallowed. Researchers have studied the socioeconomic and cultural impacts of broadcasting, such as that provided by Al-Jazeera, but focused less attention on the religious channels and religious programming on mainstream channels.

This grant will allow the Arab Media Project at Cambridge, United Kingdom, to map out and conduct a content analysis of the religious broadcasting scene in the Middle East with a view to identifying the issues covered and values advocated in religious broadcasts. Since religious broadcasting is not limited to Islamic broadcasting in the area, the researchers will look at Christian and Jewish broadcasting as well.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

End Date

Saturday, April 30, 2011


16 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 199,400


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, United Kingdom


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Khaled Hroub


University of Cambridge

Institution Country

United Kingdom

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