Virtually Islamic

Virtually Islamic

Computer-mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic Environments Gary R.
Bunt. Introduction A ' virtual world ' is one created by digital illusion to provide a
spatial sense of time and place containing phenomena that may or may not have
a ...

Author: Gary R. Bunt

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015054423804

Category: Religion

Page: 189

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An intriguing study of the way in which multimedia material is used by the Muslim community to reach and influence a wider audience, thus promoting the fastest-growing religion in the world.
Categories: Religion

Islam Dot Com

Islam Dot Com

See Eickelman and Anderson, “Redefining Muslim Publics,” 12. Jon Alterman, “
Transnational Media and Social Change in the Arab World,” Transnational
Broadcasting Studies Journal 2 (Spring 1999): 1–2. See Bunt, Virtually Islamic.

Author: M. el-Nawawy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230622661

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

View: 793

This book analyzes the discourses and deliberations in the discussion forums of three of the most visited Islamic websites and investigates the extent to which they have provided a venue for Muslims to freely engage in discussion among themselves and with non-Muslims about political, economic, religious and social issues.
Categories: Social Science

Virtually Sacred

Virtually Sacred

The Virtual Hajj, on the other hand, welcomes nonMuslims even as it gives virtual
form to Muslim articles of faith, religious practice, and communal sustenance.
This is not to say that the exclusion of nonMuslims from Mecca is unjust; it only ...

Author: Robert M. Geraci

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199379972

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 171

Millions of users have taken up residence in virtual worlds, and in those worlds they find opportunities to revisit and rewrite their religious lives. Robert M. Geraci argues that virtual worlds and video games have become a locus for the satisfaction of religious needs, providing many users with devoted communities, opportunities for ethical reflection, a meaningful experience of history and human activity, and a sense of transcendence. Using interviews, surveys, and his own first-hand experience within the virtual worlds, Geraci shows how World of Warcraft and Second Life provide participants with the opportunity to rethink what it means to be religious in the contemporary world. Not all participants use virtual worlds for religious purposes, but many online residents use them to rearrange or replace religious practice as designers and users collaborate in the production of a new spiritual marketplace. Using World of Warcraft and Second Life as case studies, this book shows that many residents now use virtual worlds to re-imagine their traditions and work to restore them to "authentic" sanctity, or else replace religious institutions with virtual communities that provide meaning and purpose to human life. For some online residents, virtual worlds are even keys to a post-human future where technology can help us transcend mortal life. Geraci argues that World of Warcraft and Second Life are "virtually sacred" because they do religious work. They often do such work without regard for-and frequently in conflict with-traditional religious institutions and practices; ultimately they participate in our sacred landscape as outsiders, competitors, and collaborators.
Categories: Religion

Political Islam and Global Media

Political Islam and Global Media

Atia, Mona (2008) Building a House in Heaven: Islamic Charity in Neoliberal
Egypt. Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Washington. Bunt, Gary R. (
2002) Virtually Islamic: Computermediated Communication and Cyber Islamic ...

Author: Noha Mellor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317267089

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 216

The development of new and social networking sites, as well as the growth of transnational Arab television, has triggered a debate about the rise in transnational political and religious identification, as individuals and groups negotiate this new triad of media, religion and culture. This book examines the implications of new media on the rise of political Islam and on Islamic religious identity in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, as well as among Muslim Arab Diasporas. Undoubtedly, the process of globalization, especially in the field of media and ICTs, challenges the cultural and religious systems, particularly in terms of identity formation. Across the world, Arab Muslims have embraced new media not only as a source of information but also as a source of guidance and fatwas, thereby transforming Muslim practices and rituals. This volume brings together chapters from a range of specialists working in the field, presenting a variety of case studies on new media, identity formation and political Islam in Muslim communities both within and beyond the MENA region. Offering new insight into the influence of media exposure on national, political, and cultural boundaries of the Islamic identity, this book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Middle Eastern politics, specifically political Islam and political communication.
Categories: Political Science

Shaping the Current Islamic Reformation

Shaping the Current Islamic Reformation

Annabelle Böttcher received her Ph.D. in Political Science, Islamic Studies and
International Law from Freiburg University ... Publications include Virtually Islamic
: Computer-mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic Environments (Cardiff: ...

Author: B.A. Roberson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135763022

Category: History

Page: 262

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The essays that comprise this study eschew stereotypical representations of a politicized Islam in the Mediterranean Region. The contributors consider the reality that lies behind current issues in the area and the role that an embedded Islam has played or may play in the region.
Categories: History

Muslim Women Online

Muslim Women Online

'Creolization' is a term Anderson (1999: 44)uses formixed Islamic content,
juxtaposedintellectual techniques, anda ... Bunt, in his first book on online Islamic
environments, Virtually Islamic, doesnot cover women's onlinepresence either,
but ...

Author: Anna Piela

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136623578

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 105

While issues surrounding Muslim women are common in the international media, the voices of Muslim women themselves are largely absent from media coverage and despite the rapidly increasing presence of Muslim women in online groups and discussions, it is still a relatively unexplored topic.This book examines Muslim women in transnational online groups, and their views on education, culture, marriage, sexuality, work, dress-code, race, class and sisterhood. Looking at both egalitarian and traditionalist Muslim women's views, the author considers their interpretations of Islam and identifies a new category of holists who focus on developing the Islamic sisterhood. Drawing on detailed analysis of online transcripts, she highlights women's rhetorical techniques and the thorough knowledge of Islamic sources which they use to justify their points in online discussions. She details how in the online context, as opposed to offline interactions, Muslim women are much more willing to cross boundaries between traditionalist and egalitarian interpretations of Islam and women's Islamic rights and responsibilities and to develop collaborative interpretations with supporters of different views. Shedding light on a candid and forthright global community, this book is an important contribution to the debate on women in Islam, and as such will be of interest to scholars and students of Islamic studies, gender studies, media studies and the Middle East.
Categories: Religion

An Introduction to Islam

An Introduction to Islam

Woodward, Mark R. Islam in Java: Normative Piety and Mysticism in the
Sultanate of Yogyakarta. Tucson: University of ... Virtually Islamic: Computer-
Mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic Environments. Cardiff: University of
Wales Press ...

Author: Frederick Denny

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317347262

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

View: 712

An Introduction to Islam, Fourth Edition, provides students with a thorough, unified and topical introduction to the global religious community of Islam. In addition, the author's extensive field work, experience, and scholarship combined with his engaging writing style and passion for the subject also sets his text apart. An Introduction to Islam places Islam within a cultural, political, social, and religious context, and examines its connections with Judeo-Christian morals. Its integration of the doctrinal and devotional elements of Islam enables readers to see how Muslims think and live, engendering understanding and breaking down stereotypes. This text also reviews pre-Islamic history, so readers can see how Islam developed historically.
Categories: Political Science

Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop

Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop

G A R Y B U N T is lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter
. His publications include Islam in the Digital Age: E -jihad, Online Fatwas, and
Cyber Islamic Environments (2003) and Virtually Islamic: ComputerMediated ...

Author: Miriam Cooke

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807829233

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

View: 225

Crucial to understanding Islam is a recognition of the role of Muslim networks. The earliest networks were Mediterranean trade routes that quickly expanded into transregional paths for pilgrimage, scholarship, and conversion, each network complementing an
Categories: Social Science

Islamic Philosophy

Islamic Philosophy

Mysticism as a system One of the most pervasive trends in Islamic philosophy
has been mysticism (Kılıç 1996; Nasr 1996e). It is difficult to overemphasize its
significance. Virtually all of the philosophers in the Islamic world were committed
to ...

Author: Oliver Leaman

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745645995

Category: Philosophy

Page: 231

View: 935

"Ever since the growth of Islam as a religious and political movement, Muslim thinkers have sought to understand the theoretical aspects of their faith by using philosophical concepts. Leaman outlines this history and demonstrates that, although the development of Islamic philosophy is closely linked with Islam itself, its form is not essentially connected to any particular religion, and its leading ideas and arguments are of general philosophical significance. The author illustrates the importance of Islamic thought within philosophy through the use of many modern examples. He describes and contrasts the three main movements in Islamic philosophy - Peripatetic, Sufi and Illuminationist - and examines the Persian as well as the Arabic traditions. Wide coverage is given to key aspects of Islamic philosophy, including epistemology, ontology, politics, ethics and philosophy of language, providing readers with a balanced view of the discipline. The second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout, including the addition of two new chapters on recent debates surrounding Islam's need for an enlightenment, and on the future of Islamic philosophy."--pub. desc.
Categories: Philosophy

Handbook of Islamic Banking

Handbook of Islamic Banking

Introduction From a situation nearly 30 years ago when it was virtually unknown,
Islamic banking has expanded to become a distinctive and fast growing segment
of the international banking and capital markets. There are well over 200 Islamic
 ...

Author: Kabir Hassan

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1847205410

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 443

View: 100

The Handbook of Islamic Banking comprises 25 studies by leading international experts on Islamic banking and finance specially commissioned to analyse the various debates and the current state of play in the field. From its origins thirty years ago, Islamic banking has expanded rapidly to become a distinctive and fast growing segment of the international banking and capital markets. Despite this expansion, Islamic banking still remains poorly understood in many parts of the Muslim world and continues to be a mystery in much of the West. This comprehensive Handbook provides a succinct analysis of the workings of Islamic banking and finance, accessible to a wide range of readers. At the same time, it seeks to bring the current research agenda and the main issues on Islamic banking before a wider audience. Islamic banking offers, as an alternative to conventional interest-based financing methods, a wide variety of financial instruments and investment vehicles based on profit-and-loss sharing arrangements. These are all explored in detail along with other subjects such as governance and risk management, securities and investment, structured financing, accounting and regulation, economic development and globalization. M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn Lewis and the other contributors have created an authoritative and original reference work, which will contribute to a wider understanding of Islamic banking as well as provoking further discussion and research. It will be invaluable to all scholars, researchers and policymakers with an interest in this subject.
Categories: Business & Economics

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education

Antoun, Richard.T. 1989 Muslim Preacher in the Modern World: A Jordanian
Case Study in Comparative Perspective. ... University Press. Bunt, Gary 2002
Virtually Islamic: Computer-mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic
Environments.

Author: Bradley A. Levinson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444396706

Category: Social Science

Page: 529

View: 809

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education presents a comprehensive and state-of-the-art overview of the field, exploring the social and cultural dimension of educational processes in both formal and nonformal settings. Explores theoretical and applied approaches to cultural practice in a diverse range of educational settings around the world, in both formal and non-formal contexts Includes contributions by leading educational anthropologists Integrates work from and on many different national systems of scholarship, including China, the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Colombia, Mexico, India, the United Kingdom, and Denmark Examines the consequences of history, cultural diversity, language policies, governmental mandates, inequality, and literacy for everyday educational processes
Categories: Social Science

Following Muhammad

Following Muhammad

The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam.
Translated by Mary Jo Lakeland. Cambridge: Perseus Books, 1987. Bunt, Gary R
. Virtually Islamic: Computer-Mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic ...

Author: Carl W. Ernst

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807828378

Category: Religion

Page: 244

View: 973

The author departs from the Middle Eastern-focused orientation of many guides to Islam, focusing on the religion as a worldwide phenomenon that is practiced by twenty percent of the world's population, covering the various movements within the religion that affect the modern world. (Religion--Islam)
Categories: Religion

Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies

134 . Murad Wilfried Hofmann 000 Gary Bunt . Virtually Islamic : Computer -
mediated Communication and Cyber Islamic Environments . Cardiff : University of
Wales Press , 2000 . Pp . 189 . Paperback . ISBN 0 70831 611 5 . Price : $ 29 . 95
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Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015042453418

Category: Islam

Page:

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Categories: Islam

Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance

Modern Islamic finance generally got its start in the mid-twentieth century, and
virtually all Islamic finance institutions and products in the market today have
been created only in the past 30–40 years.5 Hence, there is a dearth of common
law ...

Author: Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118247082

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 550

View: 515

From the world's foremost authorities on the subject, the number-one guide to Islamic finance revised and updated for a post-crisis world Because it is entirely equity-based, rather than credit-based, Islamic finance is immune to the speculative bubbles and runaway volatility typical of Western finance. Especially now, in the wake of the global financial crisis, this has made them increasingly attractive to institutional investors, asset managers and hedge funds in search of more stable alternatives to conventional financial products. With interest in Islamic finance swiftly spreading beyond the Muslim world, the need among finance and investment professionals has never been greater for timely and authoritative information about the rules governing Islamic finance. This thoroughly updated and revised second edition of the premier guide to regulatory issues in Islamic finance satisfies that need. Addresses the need for banks to develop common Islamic-based international accounting and auditing standards Clearly explains the key differences between Shari'ah rulings, standardization of acceptable banking practices, and the development of standardized financial products Explores the role of the Shari'ah Boards in establishing common rules regarding the permissibility of financial instruments and markets Offers guidance for regulators seeking to adapt their regulatory frameworks to the needs of the fast-growing Islamic finance sector
Categories: Business & Economics

The Principles of Islamic Banking

The Principles of Islamic Banking

Islamic banks maintain low profiles, and are best regarded as sleeping partners,
although of course if losses are made the ... there is some concern, mainly voiced
by Western observers, that they could virtually monopolise Islamic economies.

Author: Cheikh A. Soumare

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469101491

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 124

View: 445

This book is about the principles of Islamic banking. It explains the prohibition of Riba, and how the prohibition of usury was common to all monotheist religions. The use of Islamic laws in banking can bring together investors and managers; and also to explain mudarabah which is an arrangement where an investor entrusts his capital or merchandise to an agent. The book explains the belief of economic progress; that development does not imply Westernization. The encouragement of private sector activity is not, however, accompanied by any deliberate policy of fostering competition. The authority in an Islamic state is an interest that extends not only to criminal law, but also to the commercial law which affects both local and foreign companies. Although the law is usually applied consistently within individual countries, there is less consistency among Islamic states. The Koran and the sunnah, of course, provide the basis of the law in all Islamic states, but interpretation varies considerably. It finally explains the greatest challenge to the world of Islamic commerce in the 20thcentury is, to transform the classical mudarabah into an equally smooth functioning and efficient modern Islamic bank with the potential of almost unlimited growth.
Categories: Business & Economics

Sikhs Across Borders

Sikhs Across Borders

Bunt, G. (2000), Virtually Islamic: Computer-mediated Communication and Cyber
Islamic Environments. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. Cohen, R. (1997),
Global Diasporas: An Introduction. London: University College London Press.
Elliott ...

Author: Knut A. Jacobsen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441103581

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Sikhs Across Borders is the first study to explore patterns of transnational practices among European Sikhs, with particular focus on the links between the Sikhs in Europe, Punjab (the 'home-land') and within a global Sikh community. The book illustrates how local and transnational spheres coexist and interact in a multitude of social and cultural practices and discourses among European Sikhs past and present. Based on new empirical research Sikhs Across Borders book explores how religion continues to play a significant role in the daily lives of European Sikhs and is important for their maintenance of links with the homeland, as well as Sikhs in other parts of the world. The team of international contributors show how Sikhs are shaping new self-representations and identity constructions through a multitude of transnational practices on the individual, national and global level, such as marriages, pilgrimage narratives, and the use of the internet and new media. Further transnational practices examined include religious learning and teaching practices and responses to political events in the diaspora.
Categories: Religion

Islamic Law and Civil Code

Islamic Law and Civil Code

The legal basis of land tenure in Egypt when Muhammad Ali came to power was
traditional Islamic law, and although he ... to indicate an abrupt and virtually
complete break with earlier tradition, Islamic legal elements continued, and
continue ...

Author: Richard A. Debs

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231520997

Category: History

Page: 216

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Richard A. Debs analyzes the classical Islamic law of property based on the Shari'ah, traces its historic development in Egypt, and describes its integration as a source of law within the modern format of a civil code. He focuses specifically on Egypt, a country in the Islamic world that drew upon its society's own vigorous legal system as it formed its modern laws. He also touches on issues that are common to all such societies that have adopted, either by choice or by necessity, Western legal systems. Egypt's unique synthesis of Western and traditional elements is the outcome of an effort to respond to national goals and requirements. Its traditional law, the Shari'ah, is the fundamental law of all Islamic societies, and Debs's analysis of Egypt's experience demonstrates how Islamic jurisprudence can be sophisticated, coherent, rational, and effective, developed over centuries to serve the needs of societies that flourished under the rule of law.
Categories: History

Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media

Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media

Muslim Media Watch, Council on American-Muslim Relations, 1050 Seventeenth
Street NW, Ste. ... 1997); Gary Bunt, Virtually Islamic Computer-mediated
Communication and Cyber Islamic Environments (Cardiff University of Wales
Press, ...

Author: Stewart M. Hoover

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231505215

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 638

Increasingly, the religious practices people engage in and the ways they talk about what is meaningful or sacred take place in the context of media culture—in the realm of the so-called secular. Focusing on this intersection of the sacred and the secular, this volume gathers together the work of media experts, religious historians, sociologists of religion, and authorities on American studies and art history. Topics range from Islam on the Internet to the quasi-religious practices of Elvis fans, from the uses of popular culture by the Salvation Army in its early years to the uses of interactive media technologies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance. The issues that the essays address include the public/private divide, the distinctions between the sacred and profane, and how to distinguish between the practices that may be termed "religious" and those that may not.
Categories: Religion

Islam Through Western Eyes

Islam Through Western Eyes

it has benefited successive social groups and institutions, the Islam experts, all of
whom have exploited and preserved the discourse virtually unchanged from its
earliest roots in Crusader Europe. The u.S. response to the attacks of September
 ...

Author: Jonathan Lyons

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231528146

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 355

Despite the West's growing involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens any prospect for East–West rapprochement. Impelled by one thousand years of anti-Muslim ideas and images, the West has failed to engage in any meaningful or productive way with the world of Islam. Formulated in the medieval halls of the Roman Curia and courts of the European Crusaders and perfected in the newsrooms of Fox News and CNN, this anti-Islamic discourse determines what can and cannot be said about Muslims and their religion, trapping the West in a dangerous, dead-end politics that it cannot afford. In Islam Through Western Eyes, Jonathan Lyons unpacks Western habits of thinking and writing about Islam, conducting a careful analysis of the West's grand totalizing narrative across one thousand years of history. He observes the discourse's corrosive effects on the social sciences, including sociology, politics, philosophy, theology, international relations, security studies, and human rights scholarship. He follows its influence on research, speeches, political strategy, and government policy, preventing the West from responding effectively to its most significant twenty-first-century challenges: the rise of Islamic power, the emergence of religious violence, and the growing tension between established social values and multicultural rights among Muslim immigrant populations. Through the intellectual "archaeology" of Michel Foucault, Lyons reveals the workings of this discourse and its underlying impact on our social, intellectual, and political lives. He then addresses issues of deep concern to Western readers—Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women—and proposes new ways of thinking about the Western relationship to the Islamic world.
Categories: History

Islamic Finance Instruments and Markets

Islamic Finance  Instruments and Markets

Since conventional securitization is virtually absent in Islamic countries,
considerable demand for shariah-compliant investment assets, such as sukuk,
has provided an untapped market for structured finance as a means to advance
capital ...

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781849300384

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 676

Islamic Finance: Instruments and Markets looks at the application of Sharia law to the world of banking and finance. It provides you with an understanding of the rationale behind the instruments and the rapidly developing Islamic financial markets. Coverage includes in-depth analysis of the financial instruments within the Sharia framework and how they are applied in various sectors including insurance, investment and capital markets. Regulatory issues are also discussed both from the role of the Sharia board to reporting financial risk to legal bodies. It addresses issues such as bringing a New Ethical Dimension to Banking through to The International Role of Islamic Finance and provides you with a range of checklists from Business Ethics in Islamic Finance to The Role of the Shariah Advisory Board in Islamic Finance and Regulatory and Capital Issues under Shariah Law.
Categories: Business & Economics