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Hashtag Islam : How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority - Gary R. Bunt

Hashtag Islam

How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority

Paperback Published: 8th September 2018
ISBN: 9781469643168
Number Of Pages: 240

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Gary R. Bunt is a twenty-year pioneer in the study of cyber-Islamic environments (CIEs). In his new book, Bunt explores the diverse and surprising ways digital technology is shaping how Muslims across vast territories relate to religious authorities in fulfilling spiritual, mystical, and legalistic agendas. From social networks to websites, essential elements of religious practices and authority now have representation online. Muslims, embracing the immediacy and general accessibility of the internet, are increasingly turning to cyberspace for advice and answers to important religious questions. Online environments often challenge traditional models of authority, however. One result is the rise of digitally literate religious scholars and authorities whose influence and impact go beyond traditional boundaries of imams, mullahs, and shaikhs.

Bunt shows how online rhetoric and social media are being used to articulate religious faith by many different kinds of Muslim organizations and individuals, from Muslim comedians and women's rights advocates to jihad-oriented groups, such as the "Islamic State" and al-Qaeda, which now clearly rely on strategic digital media policies to augment and justify their authority and draw recruits. This book makes clear that understanding CIEs is crucial for the holistic interpretation of authority in contemporary Islam.

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The sociological underpinnings of this work make for a touchstone for further investigation.--Library Journal

Adroitly illustrates how approaches to religious authority, interpretation, power, and communication have changed over the last two decades. . . . An important addition to literature on contemporary Islam.--Publishers Weekly

Bunt presents a variety of perspectives on online Islamic environments and provides thoughtful consideration of their implications, but overall he views them and their ongoing expansion in a positive light.--Choice

ISBN: 9781469643168
ISBN-10: 1469643162
Series: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 8th September 2018
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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