Impact of Emerging Digital Technology and Social Media on Muslim Communities: NAAIMS 47th Annual National Conference

13 Sep 2018


Abstracts: March 23, 2018
Final Papers: August 20, 2018
Social Media is very popular in the Muslim world and has become the “go to” source for Muslims
seeking information on Islamic practices and beliefs. The Internet serves as an emerging interpretive
space for understanding Islam which has led to the increasing fragmentation of already decentralized
traditional ‘ulematic authority. When Muslims seeking spiritual and/or religious guidance go to the
Internet, this is a direct challenge to traditional channels of Islamic religious authority. Who will be
the leading religious authorities on the interpretation and/or the dissemination of such Islamic
concept as Shari’ah, Sunnah, Hadith, etc.? How will digital platforms transform traditional forms of
Islamic education?
This conference will focus on how the Internet and social media platforms such as Twitter,
Facebook, YouTube, etc., have impacted Muslim religious beliefs and practices globally. Among the
questions that will be addressed will be how social media is used by Muslims (men and women)
globally, religious scholars (‘ulema), and religious organizations to distribute supplications from the
Sunnah and Qur’an (da’wa), teach and/or analyze Hadith, and disseminate information on the
Islamic faith. How is Islamic authority being altered by the Internet and social media?
We invite a diverse range of papers from professors and advanced Ph.D. candidates in the
humanities and social sciences.

Event Date: 
Friday, September 14, 2018 (All day)
Sponsored By: 
Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center The Graduate Center City University of New York (CUNY)
Professor Anna Akasoy
New York, NY