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

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.
Berggren, Kalle, Book Review: Religion and Hip Hop. CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 2013 abstract full text

New Book: Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety

This book explores Islam's extraordinarily rich cultural and artistic diversity, showing how sound, music and bodily performance offer a window onto the subtleties and humanity of Islamic religious experience. Through a wide range of case studies from West Asia, South Asia and North Africa and their diasporas - including studies of Sufi chanting in Egypt and Morocco, dance in Afghanistan, and "Muslim punk" on-line - the book demonstrates how Islam should not be conceived of as being monolithic or monocultural, how there is a large disagreement within Islam as to how music and performance should be approached, and how important cultural activities have been, and continue to be, for the formation of Muslim identity.

New Book: Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies: Notes from an Emerging and Infinite Field

This volume deals with the so-called new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their interrelationship with Muslims and the interpretation of Islam. This volume taps into what has been labelled Media Studies 2.0, which has been characterized by an intensified focus on everyday meanings and ‘lay’ users – in contrast to earlier emphases on experts or self-acclaimed experts. This lay adoption of ICT and the subsequent digital ‘literacy’ is not least noticeable among Muslim communities.

Book: The Social Media Wars: Sunni and Shi'a Identity Conflicts in the Age of Web 2.0 and the Arab Spring

This monograph evaluates the role of the social media in strengthening and transforming religious identities in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Focusing specifically on Bahrain, this study assesses how the sectarian interpretation of the protests exacerbated social divisions and reverberated around the Middle East intensifying sectarian loyalties. The social media contribute to negotiation and re-construction of the collective identities of the groups involved in the 2011 uprising, which is visible through their online manifestations.
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