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Book: The Dynamics of Sunni-Shia Relationships: Doctrine, Transnationalism, Intellectuals and the Media

This book presents wide-ranging and up-to-date research that sheds light on the political, sociological and ideological processes that are affecting the dynamics within, as well as the relationships between, the Shia and Sunni worlds. Among the themes discussed are the ideological and doctrinal evolutions that are taking place, the contextualisation of the main protagonists’ political practices, transnational networks, and the role of intellectuals, religious scholars and the media in shaping and informing this dynamic relationship.

Book: Islamism and the West: From "Cultural Attack" to "Missionary Migrant"

This book attempts to explain how- and why-mainstream Islamist leaders have, for the past century, developed and canonized theories which depict the West as engaged in a sophisticated conspiracy to undermine Muslim identity by cultural means, while morally collapsing and yearning for the spiritual salvation brought by Muslim migrants.
Kutscher, Jens, Islamic Shura, Democracy, and Online Fatwas. CyberOrient, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, 2011 abstract full text

Annual LUCIS Conference 2011: Applying Sharia in the West

Jun 20, 2011 – Jun 21, 2011
Academy Building, Rapenburg 67-73, 2311 GJ Leiden
Leiden University Centre For The Study Of Islam And Society
social aspects, study of religion, Muslim minorities, legal science, Islam and politics, cultural studies, Islamic law

Islam, Citizenship and New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Dec 18, 2011 – Dec 20, 2011
The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC )
Paulien Baujard
Islam and civil society, identity, Egypt, activism, Islam and politics, media studies, satellite TV, authority, Middle Eastern studies, blogs, social networks, public sphere, democracy
Jul 1, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood's Online Tool to Monitor Elections in Egypt

Ahead of the elections for the Egyptian People's Assembly scheduled on November 28, the Muslim Brotherhood launched its online elections monitoring tool named Shahid (Witness in English) which is based on Ushahidi software platform. The Shahid website is bilingual (Arabic and English) and allows users to submit their reports on cases of arrests, assaults, harassments and other forms of breaching of the elections contest, being directed towards the Muslim Brotherhood representatives, other opposition candidates, journalists, observers or citizens.

Tariq Ramadan: What I Believe

Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, talks about what it means to be a Muslim and a Westerner. He gave the speech about his new book, What I Believe, at the Northwestern University, Evanston, on Friday, October 8. The event was organized by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University. The speech is available online at the Buffet Center Webcasts.

New Book: The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam

This book looks at the role that communications technologies play in advancing democratic transitions in Muslim countries. As such, its central question is whether technology holds the potential to substantially enhance democracy. Certainly, no democratic transition has occurred solely because of the internet. But, as Philip Howard argues, no democratic transition can occur today without the internet. According to Howard, the major (and perhaps only meaningful) forum for civic debate in most Muslim countries today is online. Activists both within diasporic communities and within authoritarian states, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, are the drivers of this debate, which centers around issues such as the interpretation of Islamic texts, gender roles, and security issues. Drawing upon material from interviews with telecommunications policy makers and activists in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Tajikistan and Tanzania and a comparative study of 74 countries with large Muslim populations, Howard demonstrates that these forums have been the means to organize activist movements that have lead to successful democratic insurgencies.

Islam, China and the Internet: Negotiating Residual Cyberspace between Hegemonic Patriotism and Connectivity to the Ummah

Ho Wai-Yip from the City University of Hong Kong has published an interesting article about Islam, China, and the Internet. While the predominant focus of the rise of cyber Islamic environments has been on the West and the Middle East, this article is an exploratory study of the emergence of the Chinese Islamic websites. With the rapid proliferation and usage of new informational and communicative technologies and the Chinese government's relentless policy in regulating the internet, this article put the peculiar situations of Chinese cyber Islamic environments in the political background of China's rise.
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