Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. xi

The research and writing of this book would not have been possible without the help of many people, both in cyberspace and closer to home. Colleagues at the Department of Theology, Religious Studies, and Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, provided encouragement for this work during its development. I have enjoyed...

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Note on Transliteration

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p. xiii

Within the main text of this book, I decided not to burden readers with a complex system of transliteration of ‘‘Islamic’’ and other terminology from Arabic and other languages into English. Such a system would be unnecessary and damaging to the flow of the text, especially for nonspecialist readers outside the fields relating...

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Introduction. iMuslims and Cyber-Islamic Environments

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pp. 1-6

The Internet has a profound contemporary impact on how Muslims perceive Islam and how Islamic societies and networks are evolving and shifting in the twenty-first century. While these electronic interfaces appear new and innovative in terms of...

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1 Locating Islam in Cyberspace

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pp. 7-54

There is a sense of specific Islamic identity associated with aspects of cyberspace. These may be intentionally designed Muslim-only zones or generic areas of the Web with an Islamic footprint. One might compare the difference between Muslim content on the social networking site MySpace and the general content on the Islamic equivalent MuslimSpace. Islamic- Tube and IslamicTorrents...

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2 Accessing Cyber-Islamic Environments

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pp. 55-76

This chapter provides an overview of issues associated with how cies are accessed. The ‘‘digital divide’’ is a critical issue, as the absence of Internet access has been interpreted as being part of the ‘‘problems’’ of some Muslim societies. This opinion often neglects consideration of the economic, cultural, social, and religious factors...

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3 Decoding the Sacred: Islamic Source Code

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pp. 77-130

The source code for cies relates to the essential beliefs and values articulated in the name of Islam. In order to interpret the factors, which drive the multifaceted dialogues and interactions, it is important to explore the aspects of sacred phenomena associated with Islam and Muslim beliefs as represented online. This element of cies has a profound impact on forms of networking and collaboration...

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4 The Islamic Blogosphere

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pp. 131-176

Blogs have become critical adjuncts to the Islamic knowledge economy. This chapter shows how they draw upon many facets associated with Web 2.0 to open up a dynamic space for iMuslims to participate in online collaboration and forms of information gathering and exchange. The discussion provides an overview of the Islamic blogosphere, showing many of its significant nodes and hubs...

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5 The Cutting Edge: Militaristic Jihad in Cyberspace

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pp. 177-242

This chapter focuses on the militaristic connotations associated with jihad and their articulation online. The term ‘‘jihad’’ has entered Islamic and other discourse with a set of expectations and assumptions, being synonymous in certain areas of cies with warfare and associated endeavors. These assumptions are themselves interesting. The image of militaristic jihad attracts controversy...

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6 Digital Jihadi Battlefields: Iraq and Palestine

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pp. 243-274

The Internet has been applied by diverse jihadi platforms relating to conflicts in Iraq and Palestine. There is some continuity between this chapter and the previous one, perhaps demonstrating the interaction between the global and the local. Considerations relating to whether activities can be defined as Islamic, jihadi, insurgent, terrorist, Iraqi, Palestinian, or Arabic—or some combination...

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Conclusion. The Transformation of Cyber-Islamic Environments

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pp. 275-290

iMuslims demonstrates what happens when two of the dominant elements shaping life in the twenty-first century, Islam and the Internet, combine. Whether the combination of elements results in an explosion or simply gentle ripples is open to debate. The sequencing of such a broad range of variables cannot be generalized, but some basic patterns have emerged within the evolving Islamic Internet...

Glossary of Key Islamic Terms

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pp. 291-294

Notes

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pp. 295-348

Index

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pp. 349-358