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Pidginisation In The Eastern Region Of Saudi Arabia: Media Presentation

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Analysis of Saudi Internet use tends to appear in two guises: advocacy papers detailing Saudi curtailment of Internet use within the kingdom, and analyses of the use of the Internet by Saudi opposition groups. The bulletin boards identified for analysis in this chapter were selected on the basis of their substantial membership bases as well as for their capacity to reflect the changing dynamics of Saudi society. In considering the medium, author made a conscious effort to resist the common understanding of the online community as inherently open and to avoid characterizing cyber-communities in the Saudi context exclusively as havens from state or social repression. The bulletin board of the southern Najdi tribe Qaḥṭān, Majālis Qaḥṭān, is a representative example. The Al-Aḥsāʾ Cultural Board is a representative example of Saudi Shi'ite Internet communities.

Keywords:Al-Aḥsāʾ cultural board; internet bulletin boards; Majālis Qaḥṭān board; Saudi Arabia



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