The Al Jazeera Effect

by Patrick Appel

John Sides flags a new study:

In a newly published -- and very timely -- piece (ungated pdf; press release), Erik Nisbet and Teresa Myers argue that exposure to trans-national Arab media like Al Jazeera weakens national identities and strengthens identification as Muslim and Arab. The data come from 4 surveys conducted between 2004 and 2008 in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates.