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New Media Narratives and Cultural Influence in Malaysia

The Strategic Construction of Blog Rhetoric by an Apostate

Authors: Ab Rashid, Radzuwan, Mohamad, Azweed

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  • Conveys the voice of an apostate of Islam to illustrate the power of strategic rhetoric in the sphere of new media
  • Combines rhetorical and sociocultural theories in a novel way to analyze the intersection of religious and political communication
  • Uses a Malaysian example of apostasy to enable parallels between the use of inflammatory online rhetoric and concomitant social problems
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This book in religious studies uses a Malaysian apostasy case study as a platform to investigate and discuss the broader radicalisation of apostates on social networking sites. It provides new insights into the emerging phenomenon of how social media tools are harnessed to promote faith and beliefs systems, specifically looking at the Malay view of apostasy from Islam. Employing sociocultural theory and theoretical concepts to analyse the discursive behaviour of a Malaysian apostate on a social networking site, the study unpacks how digital storytelling and rhetorical strategies can influence readers, culturally and socially, and contribute to identity construction in relation to politicised viewpoints. The analysis of the discourse surrounding apostasy in Malaysia enables parallels to be drawn to such discourses in other parts of the world, raising discussions on the connections between inflammatory online rhetoric and social problems, such as recruitment to terrorism, involvement in gangs or the use of addictive substances. This book is of particular interest to scholars and students considering the intersection of critical discourse analysis and religious studies. It is of interest to sociolinguists and psychologists interested in online media.

About the authors

Radzuwan Ab Rashid is the Deputy Dean of Research and Development at the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia. He obtained his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. This book is an output of the Fundamental Research Grant awarded to him by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to research the radicalisation of apostates on social networking sites. Radzuwan is also the author of Supportive Conversations on Facebook Timelines: Discourse Topic Management (Routledge).  
Azweed completed his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. He served as an engineer for five years in the oil and gas industry. Azweed then furthered his studies with a master's degree in English Language Studies to develop his expertise in a new discipline. His master's thesis was nominated for the best thesis award at the university. The apostate analysed in this book has a similar academic and professional background to Azweed which motivated him to assist in conducting this study.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Media Narratives and Cultural Influence in Malaysia
Book Subtitle
The Strategic Construction of Blog Rhetoric by an Apostate
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-9985-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-9985-5
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-9984-8
Series ISSN
2510-5035
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 51
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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