70. Name: Abdulmawla M.M. Musa Title: The Role of Television Programmes in Consolidating Dialogue among Civilizations: Descriptive Applied Study to Al Jazeera’s ‘Sharia and Life’ Programme for the Period between 2009 and 2010 Institution: Omdurman Islamic University Country: Sudan Date: 2011 Language: Arabic Abstract: This study discusses the role played by satellite channels and their talk shows in promoting and consolidating dialogue among civilizations. Some channels have great influence through which they contribute to the formation of knowledge and public opinion, especially thanks to the freedom they enjoy and the objectivity they adopt in their journalistic practice. The study focuses on Al Jazeera’s ‘Sharia and Life’ program and aims to understand the role of this channel in supporting dialogue of civilizations. It also seeks to identify the factors contributing to the success of television dialogue programs in achieving acquaintance and coexistence among civilizations. The study falls within the descriptive studies, using survey, analysis, monitoring, and comparison methodological tools. In this context, the researcher surveyed the opinions of a sample of Sudanese university professors from media and political science majors, as well as a number of experts and researchers in think tanks and media organizations among master holders in Khartoum District. The findings showed that 85% respondents believe that Al Jazeera’s programmes in general and the ‘Sharia and Life’ program in particular, contribute to promoting dialogue among civilizations.
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