Anonymous, 16 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: fatwas

New Book: Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World: A Decade of Change

This book addresses the roles of various media in the shaping and active contestation of particular conflicts and political agendas in the Arab world. Interdisciplinary contributions examine the sociopolitical dynamics generated in and through media, with perspectives emerging from media studies, anthropology, religious studies, and political science. This book explores both new media and older media forms and formats including the press, satellite television, Facebook, Web 2.0 technology, posters, and music videos. Topics range across the politics of popular culture, women scholars' religious fatwas, the Palestinian visual public sphere, Hezbollah's media policy, women's presence on Arab satellite television, and the uses of Facebook in the Tunisian revolution.
Kutscher, Jens, Islamic Shura, Democracy, and Online Fatwas. CyberOrient, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, 2011 abstract full text

New Book: Muslims and the New Media: Historical and Contemporary Debates

The book explores how the introduction of the latest information and communication technologies are mirroring changes and developments within society, as well as the Middle East's relationship to the West. Examining how reformist and conservative Muslim 'ulama' have discussed the printing press, photography, the broadcasting media (radio and television), the cinema, the telephone and the Internet, case studies provide a contextual background to the historical, social and cultural situations that have influenced theological discussions; focusing on how the 'ulama' have debated the 'usefulness' or 'dangers' of the information and communication media.

Information, Communication and Society's Special Issue: Religion and the Internet: Considering the online–offline connection

The peer-reviewed journal Information, Communication and Society has released its special issue Religion and the Internet: Considering the online–offline connection (Vol. 14, Issue 8, 2011). The articles are available to buy online.

Proper Internet Usage Guide for Muslims, a website run by the US-born Muslim convert and scholar Suhaib Webb, has launched its "Islam and the Internet Series" that explore topics as online dawah and activism, behaviour and arguing on the Internet, pros and cons of Facebook, fatwas and seeking the Islamic knowledge online. Muslim views on these issues are presented in six articles written by various authors.

Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Issues Fatwa to Kill Gaddafi

During his 23 minutes long in-studio appearance on Al Jazeera Arabic on 21 February, the prominent Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa to kill the Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, saying that "any Libyan soldier or officer who has the opportunity to shoot and kill Gaddafi should do so". He commented on the current situation in Libya and criticized the use of air strikes against citizens protesting the regime, adding that "even Israelis didn't do anything like this" in Gaza. In the end he prayed, and asked all Muslims and non-Muslims to pray, for the Libyan people.

New Book: Producing Islamic Knowledge: Transmission and Dissemination in Western Europe

This book addresses the broader question of how Islamic knowledge (defined as what Muslims hold to be correct Islamic beliefs and practices) is being produced and reproduced in West European contexts by looking at specific settings, institutions and religious authorities. Chapters examine in depth key areas relating to the production and reproduction of Islamic knowledge.
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