Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9780745320984 Published September 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Islam in the Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments

Gary R. Bunt

Islam in the Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments

Gary R. Bunt

Distributed for Pluto Press

248 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9780745320984 Published September 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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 -- including websites and e-mail -- 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.

Contents

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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