(Video podcast): Islamic Television in the Arab World

This lecture was organized by the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies and took place at the University of Oslo September 30, 2016. Watch the video podcast here. 

A seminar with Professor Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, University of Copenhagenskovgaard-petersen

Although still by far the most influential media in the Arab World television remains understudied in the scholarship of the Middle East. The studies conducted have mainly focused on one sole channel, Al-Jazeera, and on the genres of news and debate. This lecture will outline the history of Arab television, and the study of it, narrow the focus to the role of Islam on TV, and discuss the special genre of the 30 episode drama, the musalsal.

Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen is Professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the director of the Danish research center Center for den Ny Islamiske Offentlighed. From 2005-2008 he was the director of The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo and the chair of the board of Nordisk Selskab for Mellemøststudier. He has written extensively on several topics concerning the Middle East, among them: the arab world, Egypt, islam and the media, see list of publications.