Islam and the Promenades of Global Media

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Nichole J. Allem

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This chapter addresses the following questions: Are new media strengthening a global Muslim identity? Or are they putting theology and jurisprudence deeper into the bounds of politics and the chaos of skepticism? Should Muslims have a dystopian vision of new media as a site of debauchery, or an optimistic view of media as the protagonist of a new type of esprit de corps? In recent times, the body of work on Muslims and media seems to have moved beyond past scholarship that dissected the Western voyeuristic gaze cast on Muslims to begin to look at how Muslim actors and groups are using media to achieve their own interests in a globalized economy transformed by communications technology. The vista is decidedly mixed. While savvy Muslim cybernauts have initiated an exciting voyage of discovery and expression, the more numerous members of the religious chattering class live confidently in their own information ghetto.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRethinking Religion and World Affairs
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199933020
ISBN (Print)9780199827978
StatePublished - May 24 2012


  • Communications technology
  • International relations
  • Mass media
  • Muslim identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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