Diwaniyya Pilot: The Experts on Youth, New Media, and the Arab Spring

How significant was the role played by social media in this year’s uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa?
How important was the youth demographic in the protests against regimes such as that of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt?
Three of Tel Aviv University's Middle East experts answer these questions, and more, in the upcoming pilot episode of Diwaniyya, due for release in July:
Mira Tzoreff is a Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center, who focuses on the socio-cultural history of modern Egypt and youth in the Middle East. She is the author of "The Muslim Brotherhood: A Political Movement Outside of the Political Game?” in the forthcoming book, Regionalism and Nationalism in the Middle East, edited by Eyal Zisser and published by the Moshe Dayan Center.
Elisheva Machlis is a post-doctoral fellow at the center for Iranian Studies and her focus of research is Iraq, Shi'i reformism, modern trends in Islam, and new media and social networks in the Middle East. She is the author of "The Cross-Sectarian Call for Islam: A Sample of Shi'a Reformist Thought," an article which appeared in Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies. She has also given special lectures at Tel Aviv University on the role of new media in the Arab Spring, as well as Shi'as on-line and the existence of a virtual Shi'a Crescent.
Samir Ben Layashi, a doctoral fellow and researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center, has written on medical practices in Morocco and the integration of the Moroccan-Jewish community into Israeli life, and is the author, along with Bruce Maddy-Weitzman of “Myth, History andRealpolitik: Morocco and Its Jewish Community,” which appeared the Journal of Jewish Studies.

Alona Ferber

Diwaniyya Contributor