Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East

ISSN 1804-3194


Daniel Martin Varisco
President, American Institute for Yemeni Studies

22 High Pine
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Managing Editor

Vit Sisler
New Media Studies
Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship
Faculty of Arts, Charles University
U Krize 8, Praha 5, 158 00
(+420) 251 080 205 (office)


CyberOrient presents original, peer-reviewed articles and books reviews on the online representation of any aspect of Middle Eastern cultures, Islam, the imagined "Orient" and the use and impact of the internet in the Middle East and Islamic countries.

CyberOrient is exclusively an online journal, begun in late 2006. Since Jan 1, 2011 it is published by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. Cyberspace transforms the traditional sense of "fieldsite" in anthropology and calls for an approach that transcends disciplinary boundaries. This interdisciplinary journal draws on scholars and students from within and without the field of anthropology.


CyberOrient is published two times a year.


CyberOrient is sponsored and maintained by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Faculty of Arts of Charles University.

An international board of contributing editors assists in the peer review process.


The internet has facilitated the evolution of a "CyberOrient," a virtual Middle East blending the imaginary "Orient" constructed through Western eyes with a wide variety of individual and group self-representation from the region and in diaspora. The old fault line of West vs. East has now been realigned into a virtual maze of crossrepresentation in which alternative and individual imaginaries are potentially available worldwide and instantaneously.

The lag time of print journals presents a problem for study of cyberculture, given that much of this research is conducted online rather than in the library. Issues arising from developments in Internet technology and the ephemeral nature of websites are best approached through an online journal that allows for rapid dissemination of current research and feedback from readers. One of the aims of the journal is to promote interaction with anthropologists and other scholars in foreign countries, as Internet access expands.