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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs$
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Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827978

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.001.0001

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Islam and the Promenades of Global Media

Islam and the Promenades of Global Media

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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Nichole J. Allem

Oxford University Press

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

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