Muslims and New Media in West Africa

Muslims and New Media in West Africa

Pathways to God
Dorothea E. Schulz
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/17/2011
Format: paper 328 pages, 6 b&w illus., 1 map
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-22362-3
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Although Islam is not new to West Africa, new patterns of domestic economies, the promise of political liberalization, and the proliferation of new media have led to increased scrutiny of Islam in the public sphere. Dorothea E. Schulz shows how new media have created religious communities that are far more publicly engaged than they were in the past. Muslims and New Media in West Africa expands ideas about religious life in West Africa, women's roles in religion, religion and popular culture, the meaning of religious experience in a charged environment, and how those who consume both religion and new media view their public and private selves.

Author Bio

Dorothea E. Schulz is Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne.


"Promises to make a major contribution not only to the study of women's involvement in 'political Islam' in West Africa, but also to comparative studies of commodification, mass entertainment, the global emergence of new religious cultures, masculinity, and the personal effects of neoliberalism." —Sean Hanretta, Stanford University

Schulz’s book is a solid ethnographic work that makes a significant contribution to the

literature on Islam in Africa, and on the effects of media technologies on local peoples’ lives both on and beyond the continent.
" —Intl Jrnl African Historical Studies

"Muslims and New Media in West Africa makes a major contribution to the anthropological study of

Islam as well as the study of Islam in West Africa. It adds to our knowledge of everyday practices of Islam as well as how these ordinary practices play into the creation of religious authorities." —
Journal of Relgion in Africa

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Table of Contents

1. "Our Nation's Authentic Traditions": Law Reform and Controversies over the Common Good, 1999—2006
2. Times of Hardship: Gender Relations in a Changing Urban Economy
3. Family Conflicts: Domestic Life Revisited by Media Practices
4. Practicing Humanity: Social Institutions of Islamic Moral Renewal
5. Alasira, the Path to God
6. "Proper Believers": Mass-mediated Constructions of Moral Community
7. Consuming Baraka, Debating Virtue: New Forms of Mass-mediated Religiosity
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