This book is an intellectual journey through the cultural and political development and impact of the Qatari television station Al-Jazeera (meaning “the island” in Arabic). After a personal introduction, in which the British journalist Hugh Miles explains his motivations and desires to write the book, he offers eleven voluminous and wide-ranging chapters. The first two chapters describe the setting for the foundation and operation of Al-Jazeera in the Arab world in the late 1990s. The next seven chapters depict media events or media scoops, like the second intifada in Palestine, September 11th, the war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq. These events and scoops brought AlJazeera renown in journalism, politics, and the public arena worldwide. In the remaining two chapters, Miles discusses the political implications of the programs, politics, and policies of Al-Jazeera in different communities in the Middle East, Europe,...

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