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[ecrea] Special issue on ICT and Politics in the Muslim World (International Journal of E-Politics)

Thu Oct 20 22:08:05 GMT 2011

It is with great pleasure that I am sharing with you details about the latest issue of IJEP - a special issue dedicated to ICT and Politics in the Muslim World.

Here are the the contents of the issue:

Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association

Volume 2, Issue 3, July-September 2011

Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically

ISSN: 1947-9131 EISSN: 1947-914X

Published by IGI Publishing, Hershey-New York, USA <>

Editor-in-Chief: Celia Romm Livermore, Wayne State University, USA

*Special Issue: ICT and Politics in the Muslim World*


Naveed Baqir, University of Delaware, USA

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Islam, Revolution and Radicalism: The Co-Constitution of Reality and Virtuality

M. A. Muqtedar Khan, University of Delaware, USA

Reid T. Smith, University of Delaware, USA

Onur Tanay, University of Delaware, USA

New forms of information technologies are revolutionizing politics in the Muslim World. This article presents political analysis of the complex global and historical socio-cultural impact of new media specifically social media by exploring two cases, i.e., the green movement during the Iranian presidential elections during 2009 and al-Qaeda’s radicalism in the virtual world. The analysis finds that Islam and Muslim societies are compatible with new forms of information technologies and that the difference between real and virtual is blurring in the modern Muslim World.

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The Unintended Consequence: The Symbiotic Relationship between ICT and a National Transition

Hamid Nemati, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

Amna Latif, Tarbiyah Islamic School of Delaware, USA

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are an important factor in the socio-economic development of transitioning and developing countries. Given the importance of ICT in global social and economic development, many researchers have examined its development and growth strategies from national and governmental policy perspectives. However, understanding the consequences of information and communication technologies in developing countries is complex and far from certain. Given the ambiguity, complexity, and diversity of what constitutes ICT, Heeks (2002) suggested the existence of incongruencies between what policy makers envision as ICT and the actuality of what is ultimately manifested, proposing the “design-actuality gap” framework to understand this inconsistency. Baqir et al. (2009) extended the design-actuality gap framework to show that the dimensions of design maybe different than those of the actuality, but did not provide an explanation for this gap. In this paper, the authors posit that the gap can only be explained based on the law of “unintended consequence” (Merton, 1936). This phenomenon can best be seen in developing nations where ICT’s impact on socio-economic development is exaggerated. The authors present the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran and show how the law of unintended consequence can explain the major chasm that exists between ICT development and the actuality of use.

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“Army Uniform Is Part Of My Skin”: A Critical Discourse Analysis of ICT Growth and Politics in Pakistan

M. Naveed Baqir, University of Delaware, USA

This paper discusses implications of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) growth on the new political discourse in Pakistan. The power play between the civil society and General Pervez Musharraf set new directions for Pakistani politics in 2007. This paper presents a critical discourse analysis of the controversy surrounding Musharraf’s attempt to continue holding the offices of army chief and president of Pakistan simultaneously. He declared “army uniform is part of my skin”. The civil society’s online participation in the political process and the street protests that resulted forced him to flee the country. The paper offers an analysis of ICT growth and politics in Pakistan and provides an understanding of how ICT growth has shaped the political landscape in Pakistan. Social and electronic media have emerged as powerful political players and have influenced Pakistani politics and policy development. This critical discourse analysis explains political changes during 2007 that are generally attributed to ICT growth. The results indicate that ICT growth plays an important role in achieving harmony, coordination, social change, justice, and transparency of government.

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Gender Issues in the Diversity and Practice of Public Relations in the UAE Case Study of P.R. Male Managers and Female P.R. Practitioners

Badreya Al-Jenaibi, The United Arab Emirates University, UAE

This paper evaluates the feminization of Public Relations (P.R.) and how that may shape the role of P.R. in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). One goal is to highlight the implications for the unique females’ functions between male managers and female P.R. practitioners. Research questions include: What are the common challenges and gender issues in public relations in the UAE? Do P.R. managers encourage the recruitment of female workers and leaders in the P.R. field? Therefore, the findings of the research are based on qualitative primary data derived from semi-structured in-depth interviews with the P.R. managers and P.R. female practitioners. The paper concludes that UAE public relations staff members continue to execute their main roles. Therefore, male and female workers differed significantly in their views about gender fairness in work locations, roles, status, ranks and tasks, responsibilities, and work-life balance.

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Social Media and Information Communication Technologies in the Muslim World

Interview with Mohammed el-Nawawy, Queens University of Charlotte, USA

Interviewed by Naveed Baqir, University of Delaware, USA

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Review of /The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam/ by Philip N. Howard

Reviewed by Nazir Sangi, Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the *International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)* in your institution's library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "*InfoSci-Journals*" database: *****************************************************


Mission of IJEP:

The mission of the *International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)* is to define and expand the boundaries of e-politics as an emerging area of inter-disciplinary research and practice by assisting in the development of e-politics theories and empirical models. The journal creates a venue for empirical, theoretical, and practical scholarly work on e-politics to be published, leading to sharing of ideas between practitioners and academics in this field. IJEP contributes to the creation of a community of e-politics researchers by serving as a “hub” for related activities, such as organizing seminars and conferences on e-politics and publication of books on e-politics.

Coverage of IJEP:

The *International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)* focuses on three major topic areas: the politics of information technology function and its role within organizations, the politics of virtual communities and social networking communities, and the role that electronic media plays in community activism and party politics at the local, national, and international levels. Within these major areas, specific topics of interest to be discussed in the journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

· E-voting and electronically enabled e-government

· Impact of globalization on the political role played by the IT unit within organizations

· Impact of race and gender on electronically enabled political manipulations

· Party politics and social activism

· Politics of diffusion of change within organizations

· Politics of social networking communities, including: learning communities, customers' communities, e-dating communities, gaming communities, support group communities, etc.

· Politics of the IT function and role in organizations

· Politics of virtual communities and social networking communities

· Politics of geographically based virtual communities

· Use of electronic media for surveillance manipulation and harassment

· Use of electronic media in industrial and labor relations

· Utilization of electronic media for governance and politicking at the municipal, state, national, and international levels

· Utilization of electronic media for political debate, information sharing, political decision making, and fundraising

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission guidelines <>.

All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:

Editor-in-Chief: Celia Romm Livermore at (ak1667 /at/ <mailto:%(20ak1667 /at/>

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