1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Global Islam and Consumer Culture

Edited By Birgit Krawietz, François Gauthier Copyright 2024
    558 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Global Islam and Consumer Culture is an outstanding inter- and transdisciplinary reference source to key topics, problems, and debates in this challenging research field. The study of Islam is enriched by investigating religion and, notably, Islamic normativity (fiqh) as a resource for product design, attitudes toward commodification, and appropriated patterns of behavior. Comprising 35 chapters (including an extended Introduction) by a team of international contributors from chairholders to advanced graduate students, the handbook is divided into seven parts:

    • Guiding Frameworks of Understanding
    • Historical Probes
    • Urbanism and Consumption
    • Body Manipulation, Vestiary Regimes, and Gender
    • Mediated Religion and Culture
    • Consumer Culture, Lifestyle, and Senses of the Self through Consumption
    • Markets

    These sections examine vibrant debates around consumption, frugality, Islamic jurisprudence and fatwas in the world economy, capitalism, neoliberalism, trade relations, halalization, (labor) tourism and travel infrastructure, body modification, fashion, self-fashioning, lifestylization, Islamic kitsch, urban regeneration, heritage, Islamic finance, the internet, and Quran recitation versus music. Contributions present selected case studies from countries across the world, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Pakistan, and Turkey.

    The handbook is essential reading for students and researchers in Islamic studies, Near and Middle Eastern studies, religious studies, and cultural studies. The handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as politics, area studies, sociology, anthropology, and history.

    Introduction: For a Starter Birgit Krawietz and François Gauthier

    PART 1
    Guiding Frameworks of Understanding

    1. Religion and Market Logic: Fashioning Muslims as Consumers Özlem Sandıkcı

    2. Malaysia and the Rise of Muslim Consumer Culture Johan Fischer

    3. Baraka: From Being Well to Well-being Lorenz Nigst

    4. From Market Islam to the Halal Boom François Gauthier

    PART 2
    Historical Probes

    5. The Day of Surplus: On the Market, in Paradise Christian Lange

    6. The Abbasid Capital Baghdad as a Boom Town, Trade Hub, and Stage of Consumption Isabel Toral

    7. Caravanserais and Khans as Commercial Architecture: Accommodating Long-Distance Travelers in West Asia Robin Wimmel

    8. Circulation of Ideas and Capital: The Arabic Islamic Modernist Periodical al-Manar (1898–1935) and the Bombay Mercantile Communities Roy Bar Sadeh

    9. Goods and Gaiety in a Turkish Black Sea Town: Oral History of Women in Tirebolu Arzu Öztürkmen

    PART 3
    Urbanism and Consumption

    10. (Neo-)Liberal Transformations of Tangier’s Waterfront: from Trade and Transport to Leisure and Pleasure Steffan Wippel

    11. Labor Migration Control and Asymmetrical Dependency in the Arab Gulf: In-Country-Sponsorship (kafāla) in Qatar Laura Rowitz

    12. Capital, Crisis, and Cultural Heritage: The Central Business District of Beirut in Times of Neoliberalism Paula Ripplinger

    13. The Making of Modern Halal Space: Sharia-Compliant Hotels in Urban Malaysia and Indonesia Hew Wai Weng

    14. To Be a Muslim ‘Winner’ in Kazakhstan: Lifestylization of Islam in Hyperconsumerized Astana Aurélie Biard

    PART 4
    Body Manipulation, Vestiary Regimes, and Gender

    15. Inspiration as Worship: Creativity, Circulation, and Divinity in the Indonesian Modest Fashion Scene Carla Jones

    16. Circuits of Consumption, Desire, and Piety: Seeing and Being Seen in Veiling Fashion Banu Gökarıksel and Anna J. Secor

    17. Gendered Spaces of Consumption in Saudi Arabia: Sociability and Segregation in the City of Jeddah in the Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Century Stefan Maneval

    18. Muslim Discussions about Tattooing as Body Modification Göran Larsson

    19. Modern Fatwas on Smoking Ava Nojoumi

    PART 5
    Mediated Religion and Culture

    20. Artful Quran Recitation (tajwīd) in Learning, Broadcasting, and Competitive Environments Rosy Beyhom

    21. The Nigerian Cinema Industry of Kannywood: Competing Views on Being Muslim Musa Ibrahim

    22. Ghostbusters in Jordan: Popular Religion Meets Netflix Teenage Drama in Jinn (2019) Viktor Ullmann

    23. Joining the German Salafist Ibrahim al-Azzazi on TikTok Alina Maschinski

    24. Islamic Heritage at the Aga Khan Museum Shop: Transcultural Crafts and Contemporary Art as Conspicuous Cosmopolitanism Philip Geisler

    PART 6
    Consumer Culture, Lifestyle, and Senses of the Self through Consumption

    25. The Celebration of Islamic Consumer Goods in London: Design, Production, and Consumption Jonas Otterbeck

    26. Boosting Modern Muslim Subjectivities through Capitalist Consumption and Consumer Culture Dietrich Jung

    27. Muslim Comedy: From Social Purpose to the Consumption of Culture Lina M. Liederman

    28. Differing Ethical Approaches to Frugality and Consumption of Modest Fashion Marita Furehaug

    29. Mediated Consumerism among Salar Muslim Women in Northwest China: Circumventing Marital Disobedience via WeChat Tang Man

    PART 7

    30. The Creation of Islamic Finance: Religious Conservatism, Capitalist Logics, and Secularization Samir Amghar and Ezzedine Ghlamallah

    31. Lateral Collaboration: Exploring Financial Expertise in Malaysia Daromir Rudnyckyj

    32. Representations of the Tribal-Modern Self on Qatari Banknotes Hannah Vongries

    33. Islam and Islamism in the Face of Neoliberalism: The Case of the Justice and Development Party in Morocco Haouès Seniguer

    34. State, Market, and Islamist Political Imagination in Pakistan and Beyond Humeira Iqtidar.



    Birgit Krawietz is Professor of Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität of Berlin, Germany.

    François Gauthier is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.