Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God [NOOK Book]

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Although Islam is not new to West Africa, new patterns of domestic economies, the promise of political liberalization, and the proliferation of new media have led to increased scrutiny of Islam in the public sphere. Dorothea E. Schulz shows how new media have created religious communities that are far more publicly engaged than they were in the past. Muslims and New Media in West Africa expands ideas about religious life in West Africa, women's roles in religion, religion and popular culture, the meaning of ...

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Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God

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Overview

Although Islam is not new to West Africa, new patterns of domestic economies, the promise of political liberalization, and the proliferation of new media have led to increased scrutiny of Islam in the public sphere. Dorothea E. Schulz shows how new media have created religious communities that are far more publicly engaged than they were in the past. Muslims and New Media in West Africa expands ideas about religious life in West Africa, women's roles in religion, religion and popular culture, the meaning of religious experience in a charged environment, and how those who consume both religion and new media view their public and private selves.

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Editorial Reviews

Sean Hanretta

"Promises to make a major contribution not only to the study of women's involvement in 'political Islam' in West Africa, but also to comparative studies of commodification, mass entertainment, the global emergence of new religious cultures, masculinity, and the personal effects of neoliberalism." —Sean Hanretta, Stanford University

From the Publisher

"Schulz’s book is a solid ethnographic work that makes a significant contribution to the
literature on Islam in Africa, and on the effects of media technologies on local peoples’ lives both on and beyond the continent." —Intl Jrnl African Historical Studies

"Promises to make a major contribution not only to the study of women's involvement in 'political Islam' in West Africa, but also to comparative studies of commodification, mass entertainment, the global emergence of new religious cultures, masculinity, and the personal effects of neoliberalism." —Sean Hanretta, Stanford University

Intl Jrnl African Historical Studies

"Schulz’s book is a solid ethnographic work that makes a significant contribution to the
literature on Islam in Africa, and on the effects of media technologies on local peoples’ lives both on and beyond the continent." —Intl Jrnl African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253005540
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dorothea E. Schulz is Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Overture
1. "Our Nation's Authentic Traditions": Law Reform and Controversies over the Common Good, 1999<N>2006
2. Times of Hardship: Gender Relations in a Changing Urban Economy
3. Family Conflicts: Domestic Life Revisited by Media Practices
4. Practicing Humanity: Social Institutions of Islamic Moral Renewal
5. Alasira, the Path to God
6. "Proper Believers": Mass-mediated Constructions of Moral Community
7. Consuming Baraka, Debating Virtue: New Forms of Mass-mediated Religiosity
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index

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