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A study of selected Islamic Internet Sites in East Africa

Islam is making increasing use of the Internet to propagate ideas and to inform followers as well as to attract non-adherents. The paper examines selected Islamic Internet sites whose content is oriented for East Africa. Initial expectations had been that many Internet sites would be ‘home-grown’, however it became apparent that most Internet sites have been set-up and are operated by the Muslim Diaspora. The paper examines four sites from Kenya and Tanzania looking at the content and approaches used by these sites. The failure of the diaspora to maintain sites is explored. Some tentative suggestions are made as to why Islamic Internet Sites have yet to be a successful in East Africa.
 
Bogost, Ian, Persuasive Games : The Expressive Power of Videogames. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2007 abstract
 
Anderson, Jon W.; Dean, Jodi; Lovink, Geert, Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civil Society. Routledge, New York, 2006 abstract
 
Campbell, Heidi, Exploring Religious Community Online: We Are One In The Network. Peter Lang Publishing, New York, 2005 abstract
 
Brasher, Brenda E. , Give Me That Online Religion. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2001 abstract
 
Hoover, Stewart M. (ed.); Clark, Lynn Schofield (ed.), Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture. Columbia University Press, 2002, Columbia abstract
 
Dawson, Lorne L.; Cowan, Douglas E. , Religion Online : Finding faith on the internet. Routledge, New York, 2004 abstract
 
Neilsen, Jorgen, Transnational Islam and the integration of Islam in Europe.. In: Allievi, Stefano, Nielsen, Jorgen (eds.), Muslim networks and transnational communities in and across Europe. Leiden, Boston Brill Academic Publishers, 2003 abstract

The Internet and the Construction of Islamic Knowledge in Europe

The European Muslim communities live in a legal and political framework where the Islamic law is usually not recognized as a legitimate source of law and thus is not applied by the state authorities. Within this new paradigm established ‘traditional’ authorities operate in coexistence with Internet based muftis, online fatwa databases and individual Islamic blogs. This paper examines how, and if ever, the Internet Islamic sites after several years of operation change the process of decision making and construction of Islamic knowledge in Europe.
 
Eickelman, Dale ; Anderson, Jon W., Redefining Muslim publics.. In: D. Eickelman, J. W. Anderson (eds.), New media in the Muslim world. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003 abstract
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