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Fridays of RageAl Jazeera, the Arab Spring, and Political Islam$
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Sam Cherribi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337385.001.0001

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Islam Near and Far

Islam Near and Far

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Fridays of Rage

Sam Cherribi

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the influence of Al Jazeera in Western Europe and the United States. In 2007, some Arab intellectuals in Europe launched a campaign to stop Al Jazeera from being broadcast in Europe, accusing the channel of fostering extremism among Arab youths and supporting terrorism in Europe. What has happened to these opposing voices in the diaspora and what is likely to happen in the future? By looking at Al Jazeera’s involvement in global controversies surrounding the issue of veil legislation in France, the Paris riots, the Danish cartoon scandal, the pope’s 2006 lecture at Regensburg, and the 2012 Charlie Hebdo cartoons, the chapter explores how Al Jazeera has been instrumental in transforming localized debates regarding immigration, assimilation, racism, and integration into major global controversies between the Arab Islamic world and the West. As noted by Al Jazeera’s opponents in Europe, such media explosions and their social fallout may hold serious implications for Islamic extremism throughout the world.

Keywords:   veil, cartoons, pope, extremism, Charlie Hebdo, major controversies

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