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

New Book: Digital Passages: Migrant Youth 2.0: Diaspora, Gender and Youth Cultural Intersections

The book is a ground-breaking analysis of the ways that youth culture online interacts with issues of diaspora, gender, and belonging. Drawing on surveys, in-depth interviews, and ethnography, the author builds an interdisciplinary portrait of online youth culture and the spaces it opens up for migrant youth to negotiate power relations and to promote intercultural understanding.

Workshop: Female Islamic Authority in Comparative Perspective: Exemplars, Institutions, Practices

Jan 8, 2015 – Jan 9, 2015
Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
Islam, Netherlands, religious authority, Muslim women
Jun 1, 2014

New Report: Jihadism on the Web

The General Intelligence and Security Service (Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst, AIVD), an agency under the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands, recently released its report "Jihadism on the Web: A breeding ground for Jihad in the modern age". The AIVD publication "aims to increase understanding of online Jihadism and to contribute to an accurate assessment of this virtual threat."
Mihelj, Sabina, Liesbet van Zoonen and Farida Vis, Cosmopolitan communication online: YouTube responses to the anti-Islam film Fitna. The British Journal of Sociology, 62(4) abstract full text PDF

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.

Post-doc: Digital Literacies of Immigrant Youth for the Formation of Identity and Learning Networks

This project is focused on the analysis of the everyday digital literacy practices of Moroccan and Turkish immigrant youth in the Netherlands. While the past several years have seen an increasing amount of research on the digital literacy practices of youth, within and well beyond the Netherlands, relatively little of this work to date has focused on immigrant youth and their productions and interpretations of social media (e.g. web logs, Hyves, YouTube, texting, Twitter, gaming).

“Gaining Knowledge”: Salafi Activism in German and Dutch Online Forums

Recent years have witnessed an expansion of Salafi activism into computer-mediated environments like online discussion forums. Forum activities are part of the activists' endeavor to access the religious sources (Quran and Sunnah) and, through these sources, the lives of the prophet Muhammad and the first generations of Muslims. The prophet and the first generations embody the perfect model of a (Muslim) life which Salafi activists strive to emulate. This article analyses the knowledge practices of Salafi activists in Dutch and German discussion forums revolving around the religious sources. Knowledge practices are understood as meaning-making activities that tell people how to behave and how to “be in the world”. Four aspects are central to Salafi knowledge practices in Dutch and German forums: (1) Fragmentation and re-alignment form the basic ways of dealing with digitized corpus of Islamic knowledge and (2) open the way for Salafi activists to engage in “Islamic argumentation” in the course of which they “excavate” behavioral rules in form of a “script” from Quran and Sunnah. (3) These practices are set within the cognitive collaboration of forum members and part of a broader decentralizing tendency within Islam. (4) And finally, narratives and sensual environments circulating in forums help activists to overcome contradictions and ambiguities while trying to put the script, which tells them what to do in which situation, into practice.
Van Summeren, Cindy, Religion Online: The Shaping of Multidimensional Interpretations of Muslimhood on The European Journal of Communication Research, Vol. 32, No. 2, June 2007 abstract full text
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