Muslims in Global Societies Series

Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies

Notes from an Emerging and Infinite Field

Editors: Hoffmann, Thomas, Larsson, Göran (Eds.)

  • Up to date research on new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their interrelationship with Muslims and the interpretation of Islam
  • Provides emphasis on mundane aspects of ICT-use as well as presenting Muslim users as active DIY-agents (Do it yourself) instead of passive recipients
  • Includes case-specific and in-depth analyses, reveling the mutability and diversity of the new ICT in regard to Islam and Muslims
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About this book

This volume deals with the so-called new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their interrelationship with Muslims and the interpretation of Islam. This volume taps into what has been labelled Media Studies 2.0, which has been characterized by an intensified focus on everyday meanings and ‘lay’ users – in contrast to earlier emphases on experts or self-acclaimed experts. This lay adoption of ICT and the subsequent digital ‘literacy’ is not least noticeable among Muslim communities. According to some global estimates, one in ten internet users is a Muslim. This volume offers an ethnography of ICT in Muslim communities. The contributors to this volume also demonstrate a new kind of moderation with regard to more sweeping and avant-gardistic claims, which have characterized the study of ICT previously. This moderation has been combined with a keen attention to the empirical material but also deliberations on new quantitative and qualitative approaches to ICT, Muslims and Islam, for instance the digital challenges and changes wrought on the Qur’an, Islam’s sacred scripture. As such this volume will also be relevant for people interested in the study of ICT and the blooming field of digital humanities. Scholars of Islam and the Islamic world have always be engaged and entangled in their object of study. The developments within ICT have also affected how scholars take part in and influence public Islamic and academic discussions. This complicated issue provides basis for a number of meta-reflexive studies in this volume. It will be essential for students and scholars within Islamic studies but will also be of interest for anthropologists, sociologists and others with a humanistic interest in ICT, religion and Islam.

About the authors

Göran Larsson is a professor of religious studies at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. While his research is primarily focused on Islam and Muslims in Europe, he has also written about Islamic theology, Qur’anic studies and issues related to religion and the media. Apart from his academic work, Larsson also has functioned as secretary to the Ministry of Education's 2008-2009 inquiry into the training of Imams in Sweden. His most recent publication is Muslims and the New Medias: Contemporary and Historical Debates. He has also published Islam and Muslims in Sweden: Integration or Fragmentation? A Contextual Study (2007), in collaboration with professor Åke Sander and edited the volume, Islam in the Nordic and Baltic Countries (2009). Although Larsson earned his PhD in religious studies from the University of Gothenburg, he has also held positions at Uppsala University and Södertörn University College, and has been a guest researcher at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Currently, he is also holding a part-time position at Oslo University as lecturer in Islamology and History of Religions. Link: http://www.lincs.gu.se/members/goran_larsson/ Thomas Hoffmann is a professor mso (i.e. with special responsibilities) of Qur’anic studies at the Department of the Section for Biblical Exegesis at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Hoffmann holds a MA in comparative religion from the University of Copenhagen and received his PhD in 2005. He has worked as an associate professor at Arabic- and Islamic Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. He has been awarded The Danish Independent Research Council’s Young Researcher’s Award. Among his publications are the monograph The Poetic Qur’an: Studies on Qur’anic Poeticity (2007) and a Danish lexicon on Islam (2008).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies: Notes from an Emerging and Infinite Field – An Introduction

    Hoffmann, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 3-11

  • Muslims on StudiVZ.de: An Empirical Perspective on Religious Affiliation and National Belonging in Times of Web 2.0

    Schlicht, Daniela

    Pages 15-29

  • A “Virtual Club” of Lithuanian Converts to Islam

    Račius, Egdūnas

    Pages 31-47

  • Islam Online Guides Spouses Towards Marital Bliss: Arabic vs. English Counselling Perspectives on Marital Communication

    Abdel-Fadil, Mona

    Pages 49-71

  • Pop Culture and Class Distinction in Lebanon

    Haugbolle, Sune

    Pages 73-86

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies
Book Subtitle
Notes from an Emerging and Infinite Field
Editors
  • Thomas Hoffmann
  • Göran Larsson
Series Title
Muslims in Global Societies Series
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7247-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7247-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7246-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0231-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 189
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