Friday, November 30, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Thursday, November 08, 2018
My book 'Hashtag Islam' is now available to order in the Indian sub-continent from Pentagon Press. This is a special edition (hardback) with a different cover.
It's also available via the usual bookshops, and fromAmazon
Monday, November 05, 2018
"His tweet illuminates not only how Islamophobia is a virulent form of racism, but also narrates an untold story of the Muslim experience in western societies today - the story of how white converts to Islam are now considered by some racists as traitors to their race."
"An international publication focussing on how cyber-Islamic environments are transforming religious authority has been released by a UWTSD Lampeter based academic."
Monday, October 29, 2018
These and further stories on the new Virtually Islamic blog:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Friday, September 28, 2018
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Leslie Felperin, Guardian, One Day in the Haram review – a fascinating glimpse inside Islam's holiest site, 6 Sep 2018
"A trip to the mosque’s social media office offers an insight into how modern technology is used to service ancient traditions, and that tension between old and new is woven throughout the movie, which is in itself an artefact representative of that duality."
I discuss the issue of social media and pilgrimage in 'Hashtag Islam'.
I'm looking forward to seeing this. As it stands in the UK, it is only available on Amazon Prime at present. I'm hoping that a DVD release is imminent.
Friday, September 14, 2018
"As mobile markets in developed world near saturation, Google rolls out Neighbourly, its first Indian-inspired social network"
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."
Contrasting views were expressed on social media from Egypt and Saudi Arabia in relation to this incident.
Monday, September 03, 2018
|Hashtag Islam - print version|
Sunday, September 02, 2018
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
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
" ... 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."
Another one for the Reading list (helped by her TV documentary 'The Joy of Winning').
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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. "
Sunday, August 26, 2018
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.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
In the meantime, my new book is published in October by the University of North Carolina Press. It's available through all the usual channels.
Normal service on this blog will be resumed as soon as possible.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Saturday, March 31, 2018
VirtuallyIslamic.com, Publication Announcement - Hashtag Islam: How Cyber Islamic Environments are Transforming Religious Authority (University of North Carolina Press)
News on my next book, including links to purchase/ordering options via Amazon. The book comes out in October 18.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
"The Islamic State built a global brand using the power of social media. Now, Russia is following a similar playbook—and it’s all too easy."
Monday, March 12, 2018
Friday, March 09, 2018
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Monday, March 05, 2018
"Religious conservatives in the government now say they want to shut him down. But critics say that Mr. Oktar has become a convenient trigger for the government to pursue wide-reaching restrictions on internet content and broadcasters."
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Friday, February 09, 2018
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Mehreen Baig's very personal documentary, which includes a visit to a 'Sharia Council', a discussion on dating apps, and her negotiations with her father about moving out ... The programme is available on iPlayer for the next month.
Monday, February 05, 2018
Friday, February 02, 2018
Screenshot below from Twitter: #GirlsOfRevolutionSt Also see دختران_خیابان_انقلاب# and the hashtag
Also see CNN, Iranian women take off headscarves to protest veil law, 31 Jan 2018
Newsweek, Iran on Twitter: Persian Users Made This Hashtag go Viral, 27 Jan 2018 "Following the recent anti-establishment protests across the nation, Iranians have taken to Twitter to compare the country before the 1979 revolution with Iran today, making the hashtag #What_we_gave_vs_what_we_got go viral."
[screenshot @Armin Navabi]
Thursday, February 01, 2018
"In Algeria this week, Abu Rouaha al-Qassantini - real name Adel Seghiri - was killed by the Algerian army in Jijel, about 400km from Algiers.
"He was the propaganda chief of AQIM, creator of the al-Andalus magazine and mastermind of the propaganda forum "Ifriquya al-Islamiyah" (Islamic Africa), which acted as message board between groups in the region and al-Qaeda in the Middle East."
Friday, January 26, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
"But Egyptian opposition activists of all political shades and stripes told MEE that during the past year, the company has repeatedly banned their pages and shut down their livestreams after trolls repeatedly reported their posts."
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018
"Qatar denied any involvement in the hacking. “Qatar, as a matter of policy and principle, does not engage in cyber crimes or traffic in ‘fake news,’” the government said in a statement to The Times on Sunday."
Friday, January 19, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
This book is coming out in April 2018 - although appears quite expensive at €129. Here's the description:
"As European Muslims and Muslims in the Middle East diverge, imams in Europe have emerged as major agents of religious authority who shape Islam’s presence in Western societies. This volume examines the theoretical and practical questions concerning the evolving role of imams in Europe. To what extent do imams act as intermediaries between European states and Muslim communities? Do states subsidise imam training? How does institutionalisation of Islam differ between European states?"
Monday, January 15, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
This relates to episode one. I haven't viewed it all yet, but was interested to see its coverage of Bosnia. See the reviews here: Telegraph, House of Saud: A Family at War, review: an eye-opening documentary that lifted the lid on Saudi Arabia and terrorism and Independent, TV Review (second section).
I'm looking forward to seeing the remainder of the series, and to reading further comments on the programme from regional experts.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
"Battaglia’s account is based not just on personal impressions, but also thorough research and interviews. Each story is depicted in a color indicating its theme: There is red for daily life events, blue for on-the-ground reporting on complex issues, and yellow for spirituality and the comparing of Eastern and Western values." Details of the Italian version are here