By Mohammed el-Nawawy, Sahar Khamis

ISBN-10: 0230600352

ISBN-13: 9780230600355

This ebook analyzes the discourses and deliberations within the dialogue boards of 3 of the main visited Islamic web content. In doing so, it explores the aptitude effect of the Islamic public sphere, and the re-configuration of the ‘virtual umma’ (Islamic neighborhood) on-line, at the production of a number of identities and resistances, which occur themselves via a variety of Islamic websites, generating various levels of consensus, divergence, and negotiation in a number of contexts and throughout varied discourses. The ebook additionally investigates the level to which those Islamic web content have supplied a venue for Muslims to freely have interaction in vivid deliberations and optimistic discussions between themselves, in addition to with ‘Others’, i.e., non-Muslims, approximately a number of political, monetary, spiritual and social matters.

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42 Although today’s expanding media sphere encompasses wider segments of the audience compared to the limited segment included in the bourgeois or literary public sphere in eighteenth-century Europe, Habermas is pessimistic about the prospects for a vibrant public sphere where everybody is allowed equal access to useful knowledge that enables them to monitor the government actions. 44 He expressed his dissatisfaction with the current commodification of culture: To the degree that culture became a commodity not only in form but also in content, it was emptied of elements whose appreciation required a certain amount of training—whereby the “accomplished” appropriation once again heightened the appreciative ability itself.

Before indulging in the detailed textual analysis dealing with the previous points, the chapter provides some theoretical insights related to exploring the concept of identity in the realm of divergence to provide the necessary conceptual contextualization for the analysis of the arguments and debates in the rest of the chapter. ” provides an overview of the analyzed discourses and deliberations in the discussion boards of the three Islamic websites under study, and how and why they provided a platform for displaying different positions of unity, divergence, or negotiation.

82 Those participants can come from different backgrounds and still engage in constructive dialogue. In order to make sure that justice and freedom of opinion prevail in the deliberation process, the Qur’an calls for adopting shura (consultation). ”85 The premise of the shura in public Islam is the idea of inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness. This means that the shura is open to people from all walks of life and all segments of the society. 86 Participants in the shura process, like their counterparts in Habermas’ communicative action, should reach ijma’ (consensus).

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