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About Gema Martín-Muñoz

Gema Martín-Muñoz is Professor of the Sociology of the Arab and Islamic World at the Autonoma University of Madrid. She is the author of El Estado Arabe: Crisis de legitimidad y contestación islamista (Barcelona, Edicions Bellaterra, 1999), and editor of Islam, Modernism and the West (London, IB Tauris, 1999).

Articles by Gema Martín-Muñoz

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Islam's women under Western eyes

International events suffer peculiarly from the impact of the mass media on the formation of ‘public opinion’. Unlike home reporting, there are no alternative channels to balance the ‘message’.

The media not only constitutes almost the sole source of information for the images and attitudes that they create. They also perpetuate historically inherited stereotypes and cultural imaginaries that form part of the national collective memory bank.

The imperial imaginary

Arab states, Islamism and the West

"Think, America. Why do we hate you?" This sentiment, which appeared in the first demonstrations against the ‘war on terrorism’, expresses two essential requirements of a new Western approach to the Muslim world: to think and to know.

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