Chair and Associate Professor
of Media Studies
Associate professor and chair of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. I teach courses in social and cultural theory, media theory, popular culture, religion, and globalization. My research interests probe important contemporary questions such as modernity, religion, and the role of media in shaping and reflecting modern religious identities among Muslims in the Middle East and in diaspora. My work on diasporic media, Islam and popular culture has appeared in various journal publications and book volumes. I'm also the associate director of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture, which specializes in research, teaching and public outreach at the intersection of media and religion.
My columns have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, Salon, Forbes Magazine, The Huffington Post, Open Democracy, Yes Magazine, Geo, and Religion Dispatches. A native of Morocco, I earned my BA from Mohammed V University in Rabat and my MA and PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington.
I am currently writing a book, Unmosquing Islam: Muslim Media and Alternative Modernity, which explores how Muslims engage, through their own media production, modernity as a source of both contention and identification. The book examines how transnational satellite television and digital media have become prime discursive and performative stages where young individuals and institutions debate and contest what it means to be “modern” in the Muslim context.
The world cannot be explained and understood only through a political and economic framework. Communication and culture are as important a factor and as such are worthy of our attention and analysis. Neither can the world be explained through mono-narratives and single stories.
Media, Culture and Globalization
A two-semester doctoral seminar that surveys the major lines of inquiry in communication theories as they bear on problems of media studies.
Proseminar in Media & Communication Theory
Religious and spiritual experiences are not limited to sacred rituals or conventional places of worship. They are increasingly mediated through television, film, the Internet, political campaigns and consumer culture. This course considers the possibilities, issues and controversies involved in the mediation of religion across different religious traditions in the US and globally.
Media, Religion and Popular Culture
Islam, Modernity & Popular Culture
Explores the shifting boundaries of cultural and religious Muslim identities through media representation and production in Muslim-majority countries and in the West. Using popular culture as a complex site of struggle, this course examines how Muslims address questions of gender, ethnicity, class, democracy, sexuality, religion, and modernity in a variety of media forms and practices.
This book is about emerging geographies of the co-production of modernity and the re-imagination of a new cosmopolitanism based on a creative tension between religious particularism and universalism. It seeks to go beyond the reductive question of whether Islam is compatible with modernity and explore the new languages, experiences, and iconographies of modern Muslim identities. It asks how some Muslims today attempt to reclaim their historical agency in a world still defined by ideological anxieties about a modern West versus a defiant Islam and a false binary between Islamism and secularism as the only viable options for identification. The aim of this book is not simply to describe mediated forms and narratives of Muslim modernities, nor is it to praise some sort of a popular Islamic awakening. Rather, the central thesis probes the very question of whether and how these forms and narratives are indicative of a larger and more enduring project in the construction of the modern Muslim self. As such, it complicates a view of contemporary Muslim identity and religiosity as an open-ended process with complex ideological moorings and fluid connections to tradition, global capital, democracy and neo-liberal individualism.
Unmosquing Islam: Muslim Media and Alternative Modernity
"Disruptive Visibilities: Awakening Records and the Marketing of Islamic Media." Sociologica, 8(3).
"New Imagined Frenchness, Med'In Marseille and the Identity Debates in France." In Mediterranean Encounters in the City.
"Muslimah Media Watch: Muslim media activism and social change." Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 14(7), 852-867.
"From audiotapes to videoblogs: the delocalization of authority in Islam" Nations and Nationalism, 17(1), 1-20.
"Gendered blueprints: Transnational masculinities in Muslim televangelist cultures." In Circuits of visibility: Gender and transnational media cultures.
Hoover, Stewart, and Echchaibi, Nabil. “The ‘Third Space’ of Digital Religion.” A discussion paper for the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture (Forthcoming).
I have been interviewed by many journalists in international, national and local media. I can speak on issues relating to race, globalization, identity, media, popular culture, and religion. Please see my contact page for more information. Below are select examples of my opinion columns.
This seminar explores the critical perspectives that have shaped the recent scholarship on diaspora and the media in relation to questions of discourse, cultural identity, race, gender, class, and religion in a networked era of communication.
Diaspora and Media
This course surveys the broad literature of global media studies and traces the historical interconnections between communication, global politics, global economy, media systems and technologies, media flows, and the impact this has on the construction of individual and social identities.