Sports, particularly in the Arab region, have often taken on political, social,

Sports, particularly in the Arab region, have often taken on political, social, and cultural significance; from football fandom and security concerns, to breaking traditional gender norms within sports, there are no shortage of issues worth unpacking. With Qatar set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the tenuous relationship between the Gulf nation and other regional powers remains a constant undercurrent. As this event approaches, a greater focus than ever has been placed on the regional and international geopolitics of sports. However, research and analysis of sports in the region is not only of interest with respect to the more popular events, as shifts in social and cultural norms within several countries have spurred increased interest in lesser publicized athletic competitions; a phenomenon that indeed warrants scholarly attention. Finally, digital media has created new venues for sports-related discourse and space for the meteoric rise of Esports. The Arab region’s role in these areas has been sorely understudied. With this in mind, we are compiling a special issue dedicated entirely to “Media & Sports” in the Arab region. Papers may address (but are not limited to) the suggested subtopics below:
Social media and sports
Sports coverage
Politics and partisanship in sports coverage
Media perspectives on sports and extremism
Sports and public diplomacy
Sports, religion, and the media
Media, sports, and politics
Fandom and media
Fandom, security, and media
Media, sports, and violence
Media’s impact on athletes and sports
The Olympics and Arab media
Gender, athletes, and the media
Comparative studies of media and sport
Branding, media, and sports
While we welcome submissions from diverse disciplines and perspectives, articles should relate in some way to the Arab world and its diaspora, and media or communication technology. Submissions for peer-review consideration and all other submissions, including book and conference reviews, shorter research papers, and columns, should be received by January 31, 2022. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style and may be up to 10,000 words, including footnotes, and citations (author-date). All submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx files, and should include the author’s name as it will be published, their affiliation, and a brief abstract of no more than 150 words. For more information on our publishing policies please visit

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