Islam In The Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments / Edition 1

Islam In The Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments / Edition 1

by Gary R. Bunt
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745320984
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
07/20/2003
Series:
Critical Studies on Islam Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.61(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of 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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