Muslims and New Media in West Africa

Muslims and New Media in West Africa : Pathways to God

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Although Islam is not new to West Africa, new patterns of domestic economies, the promise of political liberalization, and the proliferation of new media have led to increased scrutiny of Islam in the public sphere. Dorothea E. Schulz shows how new media have created religious communities that are far more publicly engaged than they were in the past. Muslims and New Media in West Africa expands ideas about religious life in West Africa, women's roles in religion, religion and popular culture, the meaning of religious experience in a charged environment, and how those who consume both religion and new media view their public and private selves.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 24mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 6 b&w illus., 1 map
  • 0253223628
  • 9780253223623
  • 1,173,071

Review quote

"Muslims and New Media in West Africa makes a major contribution to the anthropological study ofIslam as well as the study of Islam in West Africa. It adds to our knowledge of everyday practices of Islam as well as how these ordinary practices play into the creation of religious authorities." -Journal of Relgion in Africa "Schulz's book is a solid ethnographic work that makes a significant contribution to theliterature on Islam in Africa, and on the effects of media technologies on local peoples' lives both on and beyond the continent." -Intl Jrnl African Historical Studies "Promises to make a major contribution not only to the study of women's involvement in 'political Islam' in West Africa, but also to comparative studies of commodification, mass entertainment, the global emergence of new religious cultures, masculinity, and the personal effects of neoliberalism." -Sean Hanretta, Stanford Universityshow more

About Dorothea E. Schulz

Dorothea E. Schulz is Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsOverture1. "Our Nation's Authentic Traditions": Law Reform and Controversies over the Common Good, 199920062. Times of Hardship: Gender Relations in a Changing Urban Economy3. Family Conflicts: Domestic Life Revisited by Media Practices4. Practicing Humanity: Social Institutions of Islamic Moral Renewal5. Alasira, the Path to God6. "Proper Believers": Mass-mediated Constructions of Moral Community7. Consuming Baraka, Debating Virtue: New Forms of Mass-mediated ReligiosityEpilogueNotesReferencesIndexshow more