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New Book: Muhammad in the Digital Age

The book deals with topics such as the 2005 cartoon controversy in Denmark and the infamous 2012 movie trailer “Innocence of Muslims” that some believe sparked the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, as well as how the digitization of ancient texts have allowed the origins of Islam to be studied in new ways. Other essays examine how Muhammad’s wives have been represented in various online sources, including a web comic; the contrasting depictions of Muhammad as both a warrior and peacemaker; and how the widespread distribution of “the look” of Islamic terrorists has led to attacks on Sikhs, whose only point of resemblance to them may be a full beard. These findings illuminate the role of the Internet in forms of representation, advocacy, and engagement concerning Islam and Muslims in our world today.

New Project: Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities

The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park has embarked on an ambitious Persian digital humanities initiative, called the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities at the University of Maryland (PersDig@UMD). The initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), UMD’s library services, and Maryland Language Science Center (MLSC). They currently are developing six projects: DocuNow Persian Archive, Persian Digital Manuscript Archive, Persian E-Book Database, Roshan Institute Open-Access E-Books, the Persian Digital Library, and the Lalehzar Street Digital Archive.

TV Coverage of 9/11 Attacks in Online Digital Archive

The Internet Archive, a non-profit library founded in 1996, launched its online project Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive, "a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters". It offers around 3,000 hours of TV news and shows broadcasted from September 11 to September 17.

Online Suicide Attack Database Presented at Conference in DC

The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) newly updated its online Suicide Attack Database. The team is directed by Robert A. Pape from the University of Chicago, who recently presented his findings, based on data produced by a six-year study of suicide terrorist attacks around the world, at the conference Cutting the Fuse: Moving Beyond the War on Terror at the Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2010. He argued that the suicide terrorism was essentially driven by lengthy military occupations rather than a religious motivation. The video of his speech is available via C-SPAN.

New Issue of Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology

A new issue of Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology has been published online. This issue contains a specialized section on e-Religion which stems from the workshop Religious Norms in Cyberspace held at the Cyberspace 2006 conference.
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