New Media in the Muslim World

New Media in the Muslim World : The Emerging Public Sphere

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Today's new media - including fax machines, satellite television, and the Internet - and new uses of older media - audio and video cassettes, cinema, pulp fiction, the telephone, and the press - are dramatically reshaping politics and culture in Muslim societies. Exploited by grassroots and other populist groups, new media have fostered pluralism and encouraged the development of new public spheres, new ways of interpreting Islam, and new community networks. Both in Muslim-majority states and elsewhere, "small" and "alternative" media have been closely associated with educated Muslims searching for new directions and identities. "New Media in the Muslim World" considers the social organisation of communication and the changing social and political landscape in which different media operate throughout the Middle East and beyond. Drawing on a wide variety of topics from Egyptian film, Turkish web sites, and African-American Muslim pamphlets to Bangladeshi "Muslim" bodice-rippers and Indonesian legal reasoning, these lively essays offer fresh perspectives on how Muslims have adapted local and international media to communicate independently from official governments and mainstream religion. Fresh insights on the extent to which today's new media have transcended local and state boundaries and worked to reform notions of gender, authority, justice and politics in Muslim societies emerge from this provocative more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 156.5 x 234.4 x 17mm | 393.14g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illustrations
  • 0253213290
  • 9780253213297

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Preface; Acknowledgements; Note on Transliteration 1. Redefining Muslim Publics by Dale F. Eickelman and Jon W. Anderson 2. The New Media, Civic Pluralism, and the Slowly Retreating State by Richard Augustus Norton 3. Communication and Control in the Middle East: Publication and Its Discontents by Dale F. Eickelman 4. The Internet and Islam's New Interpreters by Jon W. Anderson 5. Muslim Identities and the Great Chain of Buying by Gregory Starrett 6. Legal Reasoning and Public Discourse in Indonesian Islam by John R. Bowen 7. Bourgeois Leisure and Egyptian Media Fantasies by Walter Armbrust 8. From Piety to Romance: Islam-Oriented Texts in Bangladesh by Maimuna Huq 9. Amplifying Trust: Community and Communication in Turkey by Jenny B. White 10. Media Identities for Alevis and Kurds in Turkey by M. Hakan Yavuz Glossary; Contributors; Indexshow more

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"New Media in the Muslim World is highly recommended for anthropologists, sociologists, media and cultural studies specialists. Also it is written in jargon free language that will make it easily accessible to business and communication technology experts. Students will find it an affordable journey that lead to exploring the more expensive monographs of the contributors. Eickelman and Anderson have produced a thought provoking volume that will no doubt place the study of new communications technology on the research agenda of many future scholars."--British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 2000 27(2)show more

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