Islam Dot Com Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book analyzes the discourses and deliberations in the discussion forums of three of the most visited Islamic websites. In doing so, it explores the potential impact of the Islamic public sphere, and the re-configuration of the 'virtual umma' (Islamic community) online, on the creation of multiple identities and resistances, which manifest themselves through various Islamic sites, producing varying degrees of consensus, divergence, and negotiation in multiple contexts and across different discourses. The book also investigates the extent to which these Islamic websites have provided a venue for Muslims to freely engage in vibrant deliberations and constructive discussions among themselves, as well as with 'Others', i.e., non-Muslims, about various political, economic, religious and social issues.

Author Biography

Mohammed el-Nawawy is a Knight-Crane endowed chair in the School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. He teaches international communication, mass communication, media globalization and Middle Eastern media courses. His research interests are focused on the new media in the Middle East, particularly satellite channels and the Internet, and their impact on the Arab public sphere. He is also interested in issues of public diplomacy and ways of initiating effective dialogue between the Middle East and the West. He is the author and co-author of three books: "Al-Jazeera: The story of the network that is rattling governments and redefining modern journalism;" “Al-Jazeera: How the free Arab news network scooped the world and changed the Middle East;” and "The Israeli-Egyptian peace process in the reporting of Western journalists." He has also published in several national and foreign journals in the international communication field. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Media and a board member on the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators. Dr. el-Nawawy has professional journalistic experience in the United States and the Middle East. He was born and raised in Egypt, where he got his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mass communication at the American University in Cairo. He has a doctorate degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Sahar Khamis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park in the United States. She is the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Public Sphere in an Islamic Contextp. 23
Religion in the Virtual Public Sphere: The Case of Islamp. 55
Is the Umma a Public Sphere?p. 81
The "Virtual Umma": Collective Identities in Cyberspacep. 113
Islamic Websites: Divergent Identities in Cyberspacep. 165
Virtual Islamic Discourses: Platforms for Consensus or Sites of Contention?p. 209
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 265
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