digital intifada, arabs, and aliens

Vitek Sisler

Just as promised, my pal Vít Šisler—lawyer, arabist, and anthropologist-in-disguise—now has done it and brought his fresh, new, and tremendously interesting articles online:

Digital Intifada (Šisler 2006b) “examines political videogames produced by the Syrian company Afkar Media in Damascus, mainly their recent game Tahta al-Hisar (Under Siege) and puts them in a broader context of persuasive and serious games. It deals with the representation of the Other and Foreign in videogames, construction of the Arab and Islamic heroes and ongoing digital emancipation of the Near East.”

In videogames you shoot Arabs or Aliens (Šisler 2006a) is an “interview with Radwan Kasmiya, an executive manager of the company Afkar Media, a Syrian studio producing political and other videogames. The interview was made in the company office in Damascus in May 2005, just before their release of a new videogame dealing with Palestinian Intifada ‘Tahta al-Hisar‘ (Under Siege).”

Videogames and politics (Šisler 2005) deals with the “phenomenon of persuasive and ideological videogames. Games as a means of propaganda in political campaigns (case study: U.S. presidential election). Recent historical events in videogames seen through political perspective (case study: battle over Fallujah, The Palestinian Intifada). Games entering the political real-space (case study: recruitment and self-presentation tools for the U.S. Army and Lebanese Hezbollah movement).”

Furthermore there is Islamic jurisprudence in cyberspace (Šisler 2006c) —not game-related, but of interest to everybody who is into legal anthropology + Islam + the Internet.
via e-mail from Vít Šisler—mucho appreciated, tnx a lot

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