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New Book: Preaching Islamic Renewal: Religious Authority and Media in Contemporary Egypt

The book examines the life and work of Muhammad Mitwalli Sha‘rawi, one of Egypt's most beloved and successful Islamic preachers. His wildly popular TV program aired every Friday for years until his death in 1998. At the height of his career, it was estimated that up to 30 million people tuned in to his show each week. Yet despite his pervasive and continued influence in Egypt and the wider Muslim world, Sha‘rawi was for a long time neglected by academics. While much of the academic literature that focuses on Islam in modern Egypt repeats the claim that traditionally trained Muslim scholars suffered the loss of religious authority, Sha‘rawi is instead an example of a well-trained Sunni scholar who became a national media sensation. As an advisor to the rulers of Egypt as well as the first Arab television preacher, he was one of the most important and controversial religious figures in late-twentieth-century Egypt.

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

Jan 8, 2015 – Jan 9, 2015
Leiden
Netherlands
Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
http://www.iias.nl/event/female-islamic-authority-comparative-perspective-exemplars-institutions-practices
Islam, Netherlands, religious authority, Muslim women
kuenkler@princeton.edu
Jun 1, 2014

Book: Muslim Family Law in Western Courts

This book focuses on Islamic family law as interpreted and applied by judges in Europe, Australia and North America. It uses court transcriptions and observations to discuss how the most contentious marriage-related issues - consent and age of spouses, dower, polygamy, and divorce - are adjudicated. The solutions proposed by different legal systems are reviewed , and some broader questions are addressed: how Islamic principles are harmonized with norms based on gender equality, how parties bargain strategically in and out of court, and how Muslim diasporas align their Islamic worldview with a Western normative narrative.
 
Berggren, Kalle, Book Review: Religion and Hip Hop. CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 2013 abstract full text
Kalle Berggren, Review: Religion and Hip Hop, CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 2013
CyberOrient

New Book: Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt's Islamic Revival

The author offers a unique history of the religious revival in Egypt through the lens of the performing arts. She highlights the narratives of celebrities who retired in the 1980s and early 1990s, including their spiritual journeys and their influence on the “pietization” of their fans, among whom are the wealthy, relatively secular, strata of Egyptian society. Van Nieuwkerk then turns to the emergence of a polemic public sphere in which secularists and Islamists debated Islam, art, and gender in the 1990s. Finally, she analyzes the Islamist project of “art with a mission” and the development of Islamic aesthetics, questioning whether the outcome has been to Islamize popular art or rather to popularize Islam.

Representation of Religions in the Media: Multidisciplinary Approaches

Jul 29, 2013 – Jul 30, 2013
Liverpool
UK
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies and the Centre for the Applied Study of Muslims and Islam in the UK
http://www.mediatingreligion.org/events/call-for-papers-representation-of-religions-in-the-media-multidisciplinary-approaches
Professor Debra Mason
religious authority, religion online, Television, film, Islam, social media, information and communication technology, Internet
alazams@hope.ac.uk
Mar 24, 2013

New Book: Prophetic Critique and Popular Media: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications

Although this book is diverse in perspective, each author seeks to expose how the content, institutions, and technologies of popular media alternately support—or undermine—the basic values of equality, human dignity, and social justice. By foregrounding such universal principles, the authors distinguish their arguments from critical/cultural scholarship that fails to acknowledge its own normative foundations and implicit theology of culture. The authors demonstrate the efficacy of this framework by applying it to specific case studies in popular media including theater, film, music, journalism, and digital culture. The book argues that the prophetic critique of mass media is essential to maintaining a productive tension between religious communities and the institutions of secular democracy.
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