Islam Today: New Media and Youth Culture


The Domestic Crusaders
Book launch with Wajahat Ali and McSweeneys

Thursday, December 9, 2010
6:00 p.m ~ 9:00 p.m.
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Maz Jobrani @UCB
Breaking Negative Stereotypes Through Comedy

Friday, December 10, 2010
8:00 p.m. ~ 10:00 p.m. 
Chevron Auditorium, The International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Tehran: Public Lives, Private Spaces
New Art & Digital Media Exhibit from Iran - reviewed by KQED-Arts 


Stories from the Muslim World
Islam Today Film Festival


The Domestic Crusaders
A Muslim American family drama

Politics & New Media in the Muslim World 

Forum on the effect of Muslim youth and new media on political change in different parts of the Muslim world blog | Webcast


Virtual Pulpit: Net Mosques, Congregations & Imams

Talk by Imam Suhaib Webb, a contemporary American Muslim activist and scholar


Islam, Social Lives and Online Networking 

Forum on how Muslim youth use new media to network with like-minded individuals.

Media Coverage: HuffPo | Illume

Islam Today: New Media and Youth Culture in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia" is a new collaborative program being organized by UC Berkeley's Centers for Middle Eastern StudiesSouth Asia Studies, and Southeast Asia Studies, with funding support from the Social Science Research Council, for 2009-2010.

The main goal of this program is to examine how Muslim youth in the countries of the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia are using new media, politics and popular culture to explore their identities, seek out and create "virtual" communities, promote new agendas and develop and promote new images, (including new self-images), while at the same time confronting harmful anti-Muslim stereotypes that have emerged in the post-9/11 era. With young people under the age of 24 forming a significant proportion of the populations in these regions, Islam will become more and more defined by the interests and interpretations of younger Muslims in the years ahead. And as technology continues to evolve, and as these three regions grapple with the changes wrought by modernization and by the effects of changing patterns in political alignments, young Muslims will find ever more opportunities to make themselves heard. What this emergence of new voices may suggest for the future of Islam, for the futures of their home countries, and for the U.S., will be explored through different events in this year-long program.

Co-sponsors: Asia Society Northern CaliforniaArab Cultural and Community CenterCenter for Islamic Studies at GTU, &