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Virtually Islamic

Computer-mediated Communication & Cyber Islamic Environments

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.

189 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2000

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Table of Contents

Notes on the system of transliteration
Notes on Internet references
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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