The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar

ABOUT THE MEDIA MAJLIS AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IN QATAR

The first museum in the Arab world dedicated to exploring journalism, communication, and media.

The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar is the first museum in the Arab world dedicated to discussing and examining the content of journalism and communication.

The museum is open to all, is free of charge, and is bilingual.

The museum’s exhibitions explore media, journalism and communication—pasts, presents, and futures—through global, regional and local/Qatar lenses. Audiences are encouraged to explore alternative views, discover rich stories and hear from lesser-heard voices.

All exhibitions are accompanied by a series of public programs, an English and Arabic publication, and a selection of online videos published throughout the year on the Explore Content section of the website: mediamajlis.northwestern.edu


exhibition

The World is Watching Musalsalat

Open January 18 – May 13, 2023

Saturday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

From the first Ramadan musalsal in 1978 to the era of video-on-demand in the 1990s and online streaming today, dramas continue to be watched, debated and dissected by millions, especially during the primetime television Ramadan season.

The museum’s spring 2023 exhibition The World is Watching Musalsalat invites you to consider your television drama viewing and how much control do makers and viewers of television drama have? What political factors influence the musalsalat on our screens, your access to them, and your choices of watching habits—today and tomorrow. 

The exhibition and accompanying programs and publication investigate the impacts of musalsalat, serial television dramas produced in the Arab world, and increasingly outside it, which dominate television schedules during Ramadan. 

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the drama, money, power and futures of this lucrative cultural industry because the world is watching musalsalat. 

This exhibition is accompanied by a full color publication, in the museum’s Voices and Conversations series. Available in Arabic and English, at the university Bookstore and online.

Visit the museum’s website for more information on the exhibition and accompanying programs, and follow us on social media for updates on forthcoming exhibitions and events. 

[Image: behind the scenes during the filming of the historical fantasy series Al Jawereh (filmed 1994; released Ramadan 1995). Courtesy of Hanna Ward, Director of Photography.]


Visit

The museum is open to everyone.  We are located within the Northwestern University in Qatar building in Doha's Education City, one building away from the Qatar National Library and Metro stop (Green Line).

Full information on opening hours, location and parking, programs and the Bookstore can be found on the museum's website, mediamajlis.northwestern.edu. For more information email mediamajlis@northwestern.edu