The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics / Edition 1

The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics / Edition 1

by Charles Hirschkind
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231138180

ISBN-13: 9780231138185

Pub. Date: 10/03/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

An essential aspect of what is now called the Islamic Revival, the cassette sermon can be heard in most Middle Eastern cities, punctuating the daily routines of many men and women. Charles Hirschkind shows how these tapes provide the means by which Islamic ethical traditions recalibrate to a modern political and technological order-to its noise and forms of

Overview

An essential aspect of what is now called the Islamic Revival, the cassette sermon can be heard in most Middle Eastern cities, punctuating the daily routines of many men and women. Charles Hirschkind shows how these tapes provide the means by which Islamic ethical traditions recalibrate to a modern political and technological order-to its noise and forms of pleasure and boredom, but also to its political incitements and call for citizen participation. Focusing on Cairo's popular neighborhoods, Hirschkind highlights the pivotal role sermon tapes now play in an expanding arena of Islamic argumentation and debate-what he calls an "Islamic counterpublic"-that connects Islamic traditions of ethical discipline to practices of deliberation about the common good, the duties of Muslims as national citizens, and the challenges faced by Muslim communities across the globe. Contrary to the belief that these cassettes are a tool of militant indoctrination, Hirschkind argues that sermon tapes are an instrument of ethical self-improvement and a vehicle for honing the affects of pious living.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138185
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Cultures of History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Transcription xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Islam, Nationalism, and Audition 32

3 The Ethics of Listening 67

4 Cassettes and Counterpublics 105

5 Rhetorics of the Da'iya 143

6 The Acoustics of Death 173

7 Epilogue 205

Notes 215

Works Cited 247

Index 265

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