Friday, September 14, 2018

New home for blog

I'm now blogging on the virtuallyislamic.com website, but will continue to place summarised posts here too. 

Recent posts

Contesting identities within cultural insecurity

Currently taking a look at this interesting thesis, which draws on a number of elements associated with the study of cyber Islamic Environments. Kathleen Woodhouse-Ledermann, Contesting identities within cultural insecurity: The case of Muslim women in contemporary France (Rutgers, 2018) [PDF download]

Twitter reacts to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s demise

Express Tribune, Twitter reacts to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s demise, 11 Sep 2018

'The next billion users': Google targets India's lucrative mobile market

Guardian, 'The next billion users': Google targets India's lucrative mobile market, 11 Sep 2018
"As mobile markets in developed world near saturation, Google rolls out Neighbourly, its first Indian-inspired social network"

Women Warriors

This looks like an interesting read:
Nickolay Nickolov, Mashable, Women Warriors

"“The situation doesn’t favour women,” says Maryam Ado Haruna who works with the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), a Nigerian organisation using tech to develop good governance. Religious beliefs and cultural trends can contribute to attitudes about who can and should access the internet. “The way parents deny access deliberately and husbands deny wives a— they think our religion, Islam, means that internet is not for Nigerian women,” Ado Haruna says."

Man arrested after breakfast with woman in Saudi Arabia

BBC News, Man arrested after breakfast with woman in Saudi Arabia, 10 Sep 2018 "In the 30-second video, the man and woman briefly joke about eating their breakfast together, with nobody else invited."
Contrasting views were expressed on social media from Egypt and Saudi Arabia in relation to this incident.


Monday, September 03, 2018

Hashtag Islam

Hashtag Islam - print version
I'm very pleased to have received my first printed copy of 'Hashtag Islam'. It's been great to have had the chance to work again with series editors Bruce B. Lawrence and Carl W. Ernst - alongside Executive Editor Elaine Maisner and the excellent UNC Press team. The book is out in October.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

New and Noted: Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia

Knut Lundby (editor), Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia, De Gruyter

Another one for the Reading List.  The good news is that it is Open Access!  The book includes contributions from Knut Lundby, Mia Lövheim,  Lynn Schofield Clark and Mona Abdel-Fadil 

Shahira Yusuf

Observer, Shahira Yusuf: 'I have always felt beautiful', 2 Sep 2018 "It was just before the 2016 referendum, as she became aware of the lack of NHS funding, that Yusuf decided to study politics – the Grenfell Tower fire cemented her decision. She plans to start a politics degree this year, balancing (she offers a nervous smile) modelling and studying. But often the two will leak into each other, as, with her newly elevated platform, she uses Twitter for activism, and finds herself discussing Brexit and immigration in the make-up chair."

Extremists exploiting small social media websites, experts warn

BBC News, Extremists exploiting small social media websites, experts warn, 1 Sep 2018 "The likes of Facebook and Twitter have responded to calls to remove extremist content over the last 18 months."

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Commercial Break: Hashtag Islam - Australia and New Zealand

Hashtag Islam can be obtained through all the usual channels in Australia and New Zealand, including through Footprint Books. Their October catalogue has details and prices.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Publishers Weekly Review: Hashtag Islam

Publishers Weekly, Nonfiction Review, Hashtag Islam: How Cyber- Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority

" ... by investigating how Muslim communities are utilizing (and being transformed by) the ongoing worldwide digital revolution, this work proves to be an important addition to literature on contemporary Islam."

New and noted: Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine,

Hannah Fry, Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine, Penguin Books

Another one for the Reading list (helped by her TV documentary 'The Joy of Winning').  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

CIC Saudi Arabia

It's been interesting to review the output of CIC Saudi Arabia on Twitter during Hajj 2018, presenting human stories within the hajj.  Some examples are below (check my @garybunt Twitter feed for more):







The following video isn't on theYouTube channel yet, but here's a Twitter link: in contemporary times, the long distance journey to hajj on foot becomes all the more remarkable #hajj CIC Saudi Arabia, [@CICSaudi], "Hajj is over but for Othman AlShahin the journey is not over yet. The man who walked 450km to Hajj (the equivalent distance of #Paris to #Geneva) is now on his way home by foot. "

New and noted: LikeWar: How Social Media Became The Locus Of 21st Century War

Interesting review of Peter W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking's book 'LikeWar: How Social Media Became The Locus Of 21st Century War' via - another entry for the Reading List.  Task and Purpose, LikeWar: How Social Media Became The Locus Of 21st Century War

Tatar Muslims

CJ Werleman, Middle East Eye, How Russia is trying to erase Tatar Muslims Analysis/opinion.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dina Torkia interview: the Muslim fashion blogger talks Boris Johnson and burkas

Guyss I’m so excited for tomorrows @thetimesmagazine issue, mainly cuz I’m featured in it! LOL make sure you pick it up and have a read of my interview.. it’s juicy as always 👊🏼🤗 📸@tomjacksonfotoThe Times, Dina Torkia interview: the Muslim fashion blogger talks Boris Johnson and burkas

Profile of Dina Torkia, high profile fashionista based in Wales. Interesting in terms of her social media use in particular. (Pay walled article).

 "Dina Torkia is a social media sensation, a Muslim fashionista with more than two million followers. But her fans get a lot more from her controversial posts than how to look fab in a hijab. Julia Llewellyn Smith meets her at home in Wales."

This is an excellent article.



'Manufacturing Consent: Saudi and Amazon Deploy Twitter Bots to Insist They Are Virtuous'

albawaba, Manufacturing Consent: Saudi and Amazon Deploy Twitter Bots to Insist They Are Virtuous Allegations.

Hajj: how globalisation transformed the market for pilgrimage to Mecca

Seán McLoughlin, The Conversation, Hajj: how globalisation transformed the market for pilgrimage to Mecca, 15 Aug 2018

Iran hacking allegations

Independent, Iranian hackers attack UK universities to steal secret research allegations. "Hackers linked with the Iranian government are targeting universities and academic institutions around the world as part of a major campaign to steal unpublished research and obtain intellectual property, security researchers have revealed."

#hajj

The Times, Pilgrims make progress with haj app "This year the authorities have been determined to clean up the image of the haj, the annual pilgrimage of millions of Muslims to Saudi Arabia’s holy cities. In an attempt to bring it up to date, this week’s haj was, the government insists, “green, healthy and high-tech”." [pay walled article]