Gary Bunt

Gary Bunt
University of Wales Trinity Saint David | TUC · School of Theology, Religious and Islamic Studies

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Introduction
Gary R. Bunt has been conducting research on Islam, Muslims and the internet since 1997. This has focused on contemporary Islam, Muslims and the internet. This work has reached beyond a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic audience, towards engagement with governmental sectors, policy makers, media, and Muslim communities in the UK and abroad. It has acquired a general audience through being presented in public lectures, and via internet, broadcast and print media in the UK and abroad. More info: www.virtuallyislamic.com
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Publications (30)
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This book explores the diverse ways digital technology is shaping how Muslims across vast territories relate to religious authorities in fulfilling spiritual, mystical, and legalistic agendas. From social networks to websites, essential elements of religious practices and authority now have representation online. Muslims, embracing the immediacy an...
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The Internet is an increasingly important source of information for many people in the Muslim world. Many Muslims in majority and minority contexts rely on the Internet as a primary source of news, information and communication about Islam. As a result, a new media culture is emerging which is having a significant impact on areas of global Muslim c...
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Exploring the increasing impact of the Internet on Muslims around the world, this book sheds new light on the nature of contemporary Islamic discourse, identity, and community. The Internet has profoundly shaped how both Muslims and non-Muslims perceive Islam and how Islamic societies and networks are evolving and shifting in the twenty-first cent...
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This is a survey of the phenomena relating to Islam and the Internet. Technology is making a global impact on how Muslims approach and interpret Islam. Given its utilization as a primary source of information, the Internet influences how non-Muslims perceive Islam and matters relating to Muslims.
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This chapter introduces concepts associated with electronic jihad and their articulation within cyberspace. It draws on explorations of electronic jihad in diverse international settings, and includes a case study of an al-Qaeda online magazine. The chapter looks at the different ways in which technology has been integrated into campaigns.
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This chapter explores how the Internet became digitally integrated into dynamics of Islamic religious issues and faith, often with a seamless divide between off-line and online components. It looks at specific dimensions of faith, including the Qur'an, pilgrimage, gender, and the different aspects of Muslim life as represented online. This includes...
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This chapter looks at different phases in the development of cyber Islamic environments and examines the impact of the digital divide on Muslim societies. It includes a discussion on censorship and information control, providing brief case studies on Saudi Arabia and Iran. It introduces ideas associated with apps and their implications within socia...
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This chapter explores the research approach towards defining cyber Islamic environments, and includes an overview of theoretical perspectives towards media and communications in general, and religion, media and the Internet specifically.
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This chapter discusses the emergence of ‘Islamic State’ and their application of social media in order to promote their activities. This was integral to the development of IS, which integrated and recorded its message for recruitment and propagation purposes. The chapter also explores how this viewpoint was contested online.
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Just prior to 9/11, I completed writing a piece entitled "Islam Interactive: Mediterranean Islamic Expression on the World Wide Web" for the journal Mediterranean Politics, subsequently published in the book Shaping the Current Islamic Reformation. This was written shortly after my book Virtually Islamic was published.1 The events of 9/11, coupled...
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This report presents an analysis of data on the provision of teaching in Islamic Studies at UK Higher Education Institutions. It is based on data collected for 1,101 modules in Islamic Studies and related disciplines identified at 110 of 161 institutions investigated. The main findings of this report are: a. Islamic Studies teaching is concentrated...
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This article on the Internet and religion emphasises the capacity of the former to transform religion in the areas of representation and adherent networking as a proselytising tool. This is happening to such an extent that some belief systems and practices may already be dependent on search-engine ratings and placement 'to acquire and maintain an i...
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This report considers the academic approach of selected countries (including the UK) to the study of Islamic studies in higher education. The objectives of the desk-based research, commissioned by HEFCE, were to: *map different approaches to Islamic studies *understand how publicly funded universities and colleges relate to private institutions tha...
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The Internet represents a significant communication tool for the expression of Islamic concepts and notions of identity, on web pages ranging from the constructs of organizations through to the pronouncements of individuals. Cyber Islamic Environments provide indicators of what it means to be a ‘Muslim’ in Britain that augment other sources of know...
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The paper surveys aspects of Islamic decision‐making within the United Kingdom's Muslim communities, in terms of the approaches towards different priority issues including ‘family values’, leadership, and inter‐Muslim relations. Fieldwork interviews incorporate diverse perspectives within different communities, in particular those seeking to approa...
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This article explores the advantages and disadvantages of students applying Internet resources in their TRS work, and considers whether the Internet is a means through which wider access to TRS can be facilitated through availability of a broader, cheaper and more comprehensive resource base. The academic quality of Internet resources is considered...