Islam in the Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments (Critical Studies on Islam)

Islam in the Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments (Critical Studies on Islam)

By: Gary R. Bunt (author)Hardback

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The Internet is an increasingly important source of information for many people in the Muslim world. Many Muslims in majority and minority contexts rely on the Internet as a primary source of news, information and communication about Islam. As a result, a new media culture is emerging which is having a significant impact on areas of global Muslim consciousness. Post-September 11th, this phenomenon has grown more rapidly than ever. Gary R. Bunt provides a fascinating account of the issues at stake, identifying two radical new concepts: Firstly, the emergence of e-jihad ('Electronic Jihad') originating from diverse Muslim perspectives - this is described in its many forms relating to the different definitions of 'jihad', including on-line activism (ranging from promoting militaristic activities to hacking, to co-ordinating peaceful protests) and Muslim expression post 9/11. Secondly, he discusses religious authority on the Internet - including the concept of on-line fatwas and their influence in diverse settings, and the complexities of conflicting notions of religious authority.

About Author

Gary R. Bunt is a lecturer in the Department of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, United Kingdom. He has published two related books: Virtually Islamic: Computer-mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic Environments (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2000 and The Good Web Guide to World Religions (London: The Good Web Guide, 2001).


Glossary 1. Introduction 2. 'The Digital Sword'? and Defining 'E-Jihad' 3. Hacktivism, Hacking and Cracking in the Name of Islam 4. Cyber Islamic Reactions to 9-11: Mujahideen in Cyberspace 5. Cyber Islamic Reactions to 9-11: The `Inter-fada' and Global E-jihad 6. Cyber-Islamic reactions to 9-11: Jihad for Peace 7. Islamic Decision Making and Advice Online 8. Sunni Religious Authority on the Internet I: Muslim Majority Contexts 9. Sunni Religious Authority on the Internet II: Muslim Minority Contexts 10. The Online Mujtahid: Islamic Diversity And Authority Online 11. Islam in the Digital Age 12. Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780745320991
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780745320991
  • ISBN10: 0745320996

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