Islam and the Promenades of Global Media

Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Nichole J. Allem

in Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827978
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933020 | DOI:
Islam and the Promenades of Global Media

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This chapter addresses the following questions: Are new media strengthening a global Muslim identity? Or are they putting theology and jurisprudence deeper into the bounds of politics and the chaos of skepticism? Should Muslims have a dystopian vision of new media as a site of debauchery, or an optimistic view of media as the protagonist of a new type of esprit de corps? In recent times, the body of work on Muslims and media seems to have moved beyond past scholarship that dissected the Western voyeuristic gaze cast on Muslims to begin to look at how Muslim actors and groups are using media to achieve their own interests in a globalized economy transformed by communications technology. The vista is decidedly mixed. While savvy Muslim cybernauts have initiated an exciting voyage of discovery and expression, the more numerous members of the religious chattering class live confidently in their own information ghetto.

Keywords: mass media; international relations; Muslim identity; communications technology

Chapter.  5302 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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