New Media and Communication Across Religions and Cultures

New Media and Communication Across Religions and Cultures

Isaac Nahon-Serfaty (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Rukhsana Ahmed (University at Albany, SUNY, USA)
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Release Date: January, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 328
ISBN13: 9781466650350|ISBN10: 1466650354|EISBN13: 9781466650367|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5035-0


The connection of interfaith and intercultural understanding stems from a conceptual foundation on the dialogue between religions and cultures. These types of conversation are essential for the clarification and reflection of practical opportunities and challenges that these exchanges are facing.

New Media and Communication Across Religions and Cultures offers a unique opportunity in both the social sciences, humanities, and communication fields to provide concrete concepts and notions in the areas of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. By exploring this empirical research of relevant experiences, this book is important for researchers, practitioners, and students in varied fields of philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, media students, law, and more.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Comparative Law and Religious Diversity
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Media and Religion
  • Multicultural/Intercultural Communication
  • Multiculturalism in Canada
  • Philosophical Foundations of Interfaith Dialogue
  • Public Relations and Religion Communication

Reviews and Testimonials

Contributors from a wide range of disciplines and professions dispute the Enlightenment premise that religion should be relegated to the private sphere. Some present scholarly discussions of concepts and notions in theoretical and empirical evidence, while others share their experience of religious diversity in the media world. They cover the philosophical, sociological, and cultural dimensions; media representations of religions and the religious; religions in cyberspace; barriers and opportunities for fostering dialogue and cooperation; normative conversations on religion and culture in the public sphere; and religious dialogues in the arts and popular culture.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

A multi-disciplinary collection of papers that highlights ongoing concerns about public dimensions of religion. [...] This anthology is worth seeking out because its discussions of religion and communication in the context of interfaith recognition and cooperation deserve consideration.

– John P. Ferré, University of Louisville, USA, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 92(1)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Isaac Nahon-Serfaty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. He has more than 25 years experience in health communication, campaign planning and implementation, public relations and journalism. Prior joining the University of Ottawa, Dr. Nahon-Serfaty was the Healthcare Practice Chair for Latin America at the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller where he developed and implemented campaigns and communication programs in areas such as women’s health, breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, pain management, mental health, HIV-Aids, diabetes and obesity. He worked at the Venezuela Ministry of Health as communications consultant in projects supported by the Pan American Health Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank. He was the Director of the School of Social Communication at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, and Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively about health communication, public relations and political communication in English, French and Spanish. His essay Actualidad del mito de la Independencia: en búsqueda de sentido en la Babel fragmentada 2010) won the Banesco Award “La Independencia de Venezuela: 200 años después”. Nahon-Serfaty holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Montreal.
Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany, SUNY.