2 February 2013
The Middle East has been transformed and so has its relationship with London. The city has become a global media centre, a city of Muslims and mosques, and a magnet for Middle East tourists, investors and political exiles. It has also become, as LMEI can attest, an important centre of Middle East studies
This issue of The Middle East in London revisits London’s role as a centre for Middle East media and publishing. Najm Jarrah looks at some of the factors that attracted Arab editors to the city, while Naomi Sakr addresses some of the issues of credibility, censorship and freedom of speech that this brought to the fore. Abdel Bari Atwan tells us of his life as editor of a well-known, and often controversial, London-based pan-Arab newspaper. For Iranians, too, London has played an important role, both for governments in Tehran and their opponents as Gholam Khiabany and Hossein Shahidi explain. Ehsan Masood and Sarah Searight visit some of London’s many Middle East bookshops.
The Middle East in London is a leading resource on Middle Eastern communities in London. It includes event, film and book reviews, as well as original articles on cultural, political, economic and other issues that affect these communities.