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Islam and Popular Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Anna Piela


1,394 pages | 93 B/W Illus.

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This collection aims to bring together writings that trace and critically analyse Islamic aspects of many modern-day popular cultural practices and products. The concepts of 'Islam' and 'popular culture' are both contested and context-dependent, and as such, they are understood here on inclusive, rather than exclusive, terms. Islam and Popular Culture provides an authoritative reference work that makes sense of a vast and growing literature, and is an essential resource for advanced students, scholars and researchers interested in gaining a thorough understanding of this topic.

Table of Contents

    Volume 1 – Popular Culture forms produced in Muslim contexts

    Anna Piela, Introduction

    1. Mark Sedgwick, ‘Islam and Popular Culture’ in Jeffrey T. Kenney and Ebrahim Moosa (eds.) Islam in the Modern World (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014), pp. 279-297.

    2. Umut Azak, ‘The New Happy Child in Islamic Picture Books in Turkey’, in Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle (eds.), Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013), pp. 127-143.

    3. Alexandra Buccianti, ‘Dubbed Turkish Soap Operas Conquering the Arab World: Social Liberation or Cultural Alienation?’ Arab Media & Society, 10, 2010, np.

    4. Maria Curtis, ‘"I Have a Voice": Despatialization, Multiple Alterities and the Digital Performance of Jbala Women of Northern Morocco’, Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, 13, 3, 2015, pp. 323-343.

    5. Yehoshua Frenkel, ‘Popular Culture (Islam, Early and Middle Periods)’, Religion Compass, 2, 2, 2008, pp. 1 - 31.

    6. Myria Georgiou, ‘Watching Soap Opera in the Diaspora: Cultural Proximity or Critical Proximity?’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35, 5, 2012, pp. 868-887.

    7. James B. Hoesterey and Marshall Clark, 'Film Islami: Gender, Piety and Pop Culture in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia', Asian Studies Review, 36, 2, pp. 207-226.

    8. Mark LeVine, 'Heavy Metal Muslims: the Rise of a Post-Islamist Public Sphere', Contemporary Islam, 2, 3, 2008, pp. 229-249.

    9. Ulrich Marzolph, ‘The Martyr’s Fading Body: Propaganda vs. Beautification in the Tehran Cityscape’ in Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle (eds.), Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013), pp. 164-185.

    10. Yasmin Moll, ‘"Beyond Beards, Scarves and Halal Meat": Mediated Constructions of British Muslim Identity’, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 15, 1, 2007, np.

    11. Nima Naghibi and Andrew O’Malley, ‘Estranging the Familiar: "East" and "West" in Satrapi’s Persepolis’, English Studies in Canada, 31, 2-3, 2005, pp. 223-248.

    12. Karin van Nieuwkerk, ‘Repentant’ Artists in Egypt: Debating Gender, Performing Arts and Religion’, Contemporary Islam, 2, 3, 2008, pp. 191-210.

    13. Nacim Pak-Shiraz, ‘Contemporary Iranian Discourses on Religion and Spirituality in Cinema’ in Shi’i Islam in Iranian Cinema: Religion and Spirituality in Film (London: I. B. Tauris, 2011), pp. 35-66.

    14. Boaz Shoshan, ‘High Culture and Popular Culture in Medieval Islam’, Studia Islamica, 73, 1991, pp. 67-107.

    15. Kevin Smets, 'Connecting Islam and film culture: The reception of The Message (Ar Risalah) among the Moroccan diaspora', Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 9, 1, 2012, pp. 68-94.

    16. Helga Tawil Souri, 'The Political Battlefield of Pro-Arab Video Games on Palestinian Screens', Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 27, 3, 2007, pp. 536-551.

    17. Aslihan Tokgöz Onaran, 'Counterpatriarchal Pleasures of Muslim Turkish Women: A Feminist Ethnography of Rural Women Watching Daytime Television', Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World 9, 1, 2011, pp. 171–193.

    18. John Vanderlippe and Pinar Batur, ‘Blasphemy and Critique?: Secularists and Islamists in Turkish Cartoon Images’ in Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle (eds.), Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013), pp. 215-230.

    19. Ahu Yiğit, ‘Islamic Modernity and the Re-enchanging Power of Symbols in Islamic Fantasy Serials in Turkey’ in Karin van Nieuwkerk (ed.), Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic Developments in the Muslim World (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press), pp. 207-229.

    Volume 2: Islamic networks and identities

    20. Donya Alinejad, ‘Mapping Homelands through Virtual Spaces: Transnational Embodiment and

    Iranian Diaspora Bloggers’, Global Networks, 11, 1, 2011, pp. 43–62.

    21. Masserat Amir-Ebrahimi, ‘Blogging from Qom, behind Walls and Veils’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 28, 2, 2008, pp. 235-249.

    22. Ehab Galal, ‘The Muslim Woman as a Beauty Queen’, Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 3, 3, 2010, pp. 159-178.

    23. Maruta Herding, ‘The Borders of Virtual Space: New Information Technologies and European Islamic Youth Culture’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 49, 5, 2013, pp. 552-564.

    24. Linda Herrera, ‘Young Egyptians’ Quest for Jobs and Justice’ in Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera (eds.) Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 127-144.

    25. Sahar Khamis, ‘Islamic Feminism in New Arab Media – Platforms for Self-Expression and Sites for Multiple Resistances’, Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 3, 3, 2010, pp. 237-255.

    26. Melissa Y. Lerner, 'Connecting the Actual with the Virtual: The Internet and Social Movement Theory in the Muslim World—The Cases of Iran and Egypt', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 30, 4, 2010, pp. 555-574.

    27. Effat Merghati Khoei, Anna Whelan and Jeffrey Cohen, ‘Sharing Beliefs: What Sexuality Means to Muslim Iranian Women Living in Australia’, Culture, Health and Sexuality, 10, 3, 2008, pp. 237–248.

    28. Sima Limoochi and Jill M. Le Clair, ‘Reflections on the participation of Muslim women in disability sport: hijab, Burkini®, modesty and changing strategies’, Sport in Society, 14, 9, 2011, pp. 1300-1309.

    29. Sunaina Maira, ‘Youth Culture, Citizenship and Globalization: South Asian Muslim Youth in the United States after September 11th’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 24, 1, pp. 219-231.

    30. Smeeta Mishra and Gaby Semaan, ‘Islam in Cyberspace: South Asian Muslims in America Log In’, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 54, 1, 2010, pp. 87–101.

    31. Mark A. Peterson ‘The Jinn and the Computer: Consumption and Identity in Arabic Children’s Magazines’, Childhood, 12, 2, 2005, pp. 177-200.

    32. Samaya Farooq Samie, ‘Hetero-Sexy Self/Body Work and Basketball: The Invisible Sporting Women of British Pakistani Muslim Heritage’, South Asian Popular Culture, 11, 3, 2013, pp. 257-270.

    33. Dervla Sara Shannahan, ‘Textual Queerings: Contesting Islam as Heteronormative Inheritance’ in Andrew Yip (ed.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), pp. 107-121.

    34. Benjamin F. Soares, ‘"Rasta" Sufis and Muslim Youth Culture in Mali’ in Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera (eds) Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 241-258.

    35. Emma Tarlo, ‘Hijab Online’, Interventions, 12, 2, 2010, pp. 209-225.

    36. Liesbet van Zoonen, Farida Vis and Sabina Mihelj, ‘YouTube Interactions between Agonism, Antagonism and Dialogue: Video Responses to the Anti-Islam Film Fitna’, New Media and Society, 13, 8, 2011, pp. 1283-1300.


    Volume 3: Halal lifestyles

    37. Heather Marie Akou, ‘Building a New "World Fashion": Islamic Dress in the Twenty First Century’, Fashion Theory, 11, 4, 2007, pp. 403-422.

    38. Baker Ahmad Alserhan, ‘Islamic Branding: A Conceptualization of Related Terms’, Brand Management, 18, 1, 2010, pp. 34–49.

    39. Annisa R. Beta, ‘Hijabers: How Young Muslim Women Redefine Themselves in Indonesia’, The International Communication Gazette, 76, 4-5, 2014, pp. 377-389.

    40. Joann D’Alisera, ‘I ♥ Islam: Popular Religious Commodities, Sites of Inscripion, and Transnational Sierra Leonean Identity’, Journal of Material Culture, 6, 1, 2001, pp. 91-110.

    41. Nabil Echchaibi, ‘Hyper-Islamism? Mediating Islam from the Halal Website to the Islamic Talk Show’, Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 1, 3, 2008, pp. 199-214.

    42. Noorhaidi Hasan, ‘The Making of Public Islam: Piety, Agency, and Commodification on the landscape of the Indonesian Public Sphere’, Contemporary Islam, 3, 3, pp. 229-250.

    43. Kambiz Heidarzadeh Hanzaree and Shahrzad Chitsaz, ‘A Review of Influencing Factors and Constructs on the Iranian Women’s Islamic Fashion Market’, Interdisciplinary Journal of Research in Business, 1, 4, 2011, pp. 94-100.

    44. Manon Istasse, ‘Green Halal: How Does Halal Production Face Animal Suffering?’ in Florence Bergeaud-Blackler, Johan Fischer and John Lever (eds.) Halal Matters: Islam, Politics and Markets in Global Perspective (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015), pp. 127-142.

    45. Elif Izberk-Bilgin, ‘Theology Meets the Marketplace: The Discursive Formation of the Halal Market in Turkey’ in Diego Rinallo, Linda M. Scott and Pauline Maclaran (eds.) Consumption and Spirituality (New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 41-53.

    46. Aliakbar Jafari and Ahmet Süerdem, ‘An Analysis of Material Consumption Culture in the Muslim World’, Marketing Theory, 12, 1, 2012, pp. 61-79.

    47. Roberta James, ‘Introduction: Halal Pizza: Food and Culture in a Busy World’, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 15, 1, 20014, pp. 1-11.

    48. Jeanette Jouili, ‘Halal Arts: What's In a Concept?’, Material Religion, 8, 3, 2012, pp. 402-403.

    49. Reina Lewis, ‘Marketing Muslim Lifestyle: A New Media Genre’, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 6, 3, 2010, pp. 58-90.

    50. Smeeta Mishra, Mathukutty M. Monippally, and Krishna P. Jayakar, ‘Self Presentation in Online Environments: A Study of Indian Muslim Matrimonial Profile’, Asian Journal of Communication, 23, 1, 2013, pp. 38-53.

    51. Sümeyye Ulu Sametoğlu, ‘Halalscapes: Leisure, Fun, and Aesthetic Spaces Created by Young Muslim Women of the Gulen Movement in France and Germany’, in Erkan Toğuşlu (ed) Everyday Life Practices of Muslims in Europe, (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2015), pp. 143-163.

    52. Veronika Tzankova, ‘Watching Porn in Turkey: Women, Sex, and Paradigm Shifts’, Porn Studies, 2, 2-3, 2015, pp. 208-221.

    53. Hannah Wright, ‘YBMs: Religious Identity and Consumption among Young British Muslims’, International Journal of Market Research, 57, 1, 2015, pp. 151-163.

    Volume 4: Representations of Islam and Muslims in mainstream popular culture

    54. Talal Asad, ‘Muslims and European Identity: Can Europe Represent Islam?’ in Anthony Pagden (ed.) The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp. 209-227.

    55. Abdul-Azim Ahmed, ‘Faith in comedy: Representations of Muslim identity in British comedy’, South Asian Popular Culture, 11, 1, 2013, pp. 91-96.

    56. Freek L. Bakker, ‘The Image of Muhammad in The Message, the First and Only Feature Film about the Prophet of Islam’, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 17, 1, 2006, pp. 77-92.

    57. Carl Boggs and Tom Pollard, ‘Hollywood and the Spectacle of Terrorism’, New Political Science, 28, 3, 2006, pp. 335-351.

    58. Jehanzeb Dar, ‘Holy Islamophobia, Batman! Demonization of Muslims and Arabs in Mainstream American Comic Books’ in Joe L. Kincheloe, Shirley R. Steinberg and Christopher D. Stonebanks (eds) Teaching against Islamophobia (New York: Peter Lang Publishing), pp. 99-110.

    59. Julie Davis and Robert Westerfelhaus, ‘Finding a Place for a Muslimah Heroine in the Post-9/11 Marvel Universe: New X-Men's Dust’, Feminist Media Studies, 13, 5, 2013, pp. 800-809.

    60. Faiza Hijri, ‘Change of Pace? Islam and Tradition in Popular Indian Cinema’, South Asian Popular Culture, 6, 1, 2008, pp. 57-69.

    61. Jo Ann Hoeppner Moran Cruz, ‘Popular Attitudes towards Islam in Medieval Europe’ in David R. Blanks and Michael Frassetto (eds.), Western Views of Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Perception of Other (New York: St Martin's Press, 1999), pp. 55-81.

    62. Shenila S. Khoja-Moolji and Alyssa D. Niccolini, ‘Comics as Public Pedagogy: Reading Muslim Masculinities through Muslim Femininities in Ms. Marvel’, Girlhood Studies 8, 3, 2015, pp. 23-39.

    63. Loretta Collins Klobah, ‘Pakistani Englishness and the Containment of the Muslim Subaltern in Ayub Khan-Din’s Tragi-comedy Film East is East’, South Asian Popular Culture, 1, 2, 2003, pp. 91-108.

    64. Sanjeev Kumar, ‘Constructing the Nation’s Enemy: Hindutva, Popular Culture and the Muslim ‘Other’ in Bollywood Cinema’, Third World Quarterly, 34, 3, 2013, pp. 458-469.

    65. Christina Michelmore, ‘Old Pictures in New Frames: Images of Islam and Muslims in Post World War II American Political Cartoons’, Journal of American and Comparative Cultures, 23, 4, 2000, pp. 37-50.

    66. Frauke Miera and Valerie Sala Pala, ‘The Construction of Islam as a Public Issue in Western European Countries through the Prism of the Muhammad Cartoons’, Ethnicities, 9, 3, 2009, pp. 383-408.

    67. Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies, ‘Freeze Framing Muslims’, Interventions, 12, 2, 2010, pp. 239-250.

    68. Jack G. Shaheen, ‘Hollywood’s Muslim Arabs’, The Muslim World, 90, 1-2, 2000, pp. 22-42.

    69. Carrie Tarr, ‘Looking at Muslims: The Visibility of Islam in Contemporary French Cinema’, Patterns of Prejudice, 48, 5, 2014, pp. 516-533.

    70. Daniel J. Vitkus, ‘Early Modern Orientalism: Representations of Islam in Sixteenth-and Seventeenth-Century Europe’ Europe’ in David R. Blanks and Michael Frassetto (eds.), Western Views of Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Perception of Other (New York: St Martin's Press, 1999), pp. 207-230.

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