Virtually Islamic

Computer-mediated Communication & Cyber Islamic Environments

Gary Bunt

Virtually Islamic
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Gary Bunt

Distributed for University of Wales Press

189 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2000
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780708316115 Published November 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This is the first broad-ranging academic survey to explore how Islam and the internet combine and interact.

Information technology is now making a global impact on how Muslims approach and interpret Islam. Given its utilization as a primary source of information, the internet also influences how non-Muslims perceive Islam and matters relating to Muslims. Among the issues addressed are: how multimedia applications are being integrated into websites, enabling surfers to listen to and see ‘sermons’ delivered thousands of miles away and to partake of new opportunities for religious experience; how Muslim organizations are networking globally through the electronic medium, and how that impacts upon understanding of Islam and Muslim identities; how can Muslims and non-Muslims approach the Qu’ran in its digital form; how the internet is used to present diverse dialogues relating to Islam, often reaching wide audiences where other forms of communication are heavily censored.
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1    Introduction
2    Primary forms of Islamic expression online
3    Muslim diversity online
4    Politics, Islam and the Net
5    Digital minibar: Islamic obligations and authority online
6    Cyber Islamic futures
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