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Yasmin Moll: Debating Da'wa

Yasmin Moll

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:30pm, American Studies Department, 404 Morrill Hall

Yasmin Moll (University of Michigan) - "Debating Da'wa: Theologies of Mediation in the Egyptian Islamic Revival"

What makes media “Islamic”? Based on ethnographic fieldwork with Islamic television producers in Cairo from 2010 to 2013, this talk looks at the passionate contention within Egypt’s piety movement over the development of new forms of religious media. At stake in these mass-mediated debates over daʿwa (Islamic outreach) are conflicting theologies of religious publicity and its relation to everyday life. . These theologies matter a great deal to Islamic Revivalists who spend more time debunking each other than they do secularists. Over the past decade, Islamic television channels have emerged as the most important sites of these internal struggles. Examining the Islamic Revival’s internal cleavages troubles both the “secular” and the “religious” as analytical categories.