About Us

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 Studies, South 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 California, Arab Cultural and Community Center, Center for Islamic Studies at GTU, Altmuslim.com & Naseeb.com.