Exploring the increasing impact of the Internet on Muslims around
the world, this book sheds new light on the nature of contemporary
Islamic discourse, identity, and community.
The Internet has profoundly shaped how both Muslims and non-Muslims
perceive Islam and how Islamic societies and networks are evolving
and shifting in the twenty-first century, says Gary Bunt. While
Islamic society has deep historical patterns of global exchange,
the Internet has transformed how many Muslims practice the duties
and rituals of Islam. A place of religious instruction may exist
solely in the virtual world, for example, or a community may gather
only online. Drawing on more than a decade of online research, Bunt
shows how social-networking sites, blogs, and other "cyber-Islamic
environments" have exposed Muslims to new influences outside the
traditional spheres of Islamic knowledge and authority.
Furthermore, the Internet has dramatically influenced forms of
Islamic activism and radicalization, including jihad-oriented
campaigns by networks such as al-Qaeda.
By surveying the broad spectrum of approaches used to present
dimensions of Islamic social, spiritual, and political life on the
encourages diverse understandings of
online Islam and of Islam generally.