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Following political liberalization in Africa, religious leaders and activists have appropriated radio and television stations, newspapers and magazines, computers, and mobile phone networks for strengthening and expanding their communities, gaining public recognition for their organizations, promoting interreligious dialogue, or inciting religious violence. Claiming that media are rarely neutral vehicles of expression, New Media and Religious Transformation in Africa considers the challenges of balancing freedom of expression with freedom of religion. Contributors to this multidisciplinary volume explore the transformation of the religious messages, experiences, values, and practices brought about by the expanded use of media on the African continent.

About the Author

Rosalind I. J. Hackett is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is author of Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa. She is President of the International Association for the History of Religions.

Benjamin F. Soares is an anthropologist and Chair of the research staff at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands. He is author of Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town.

Table of Contents



Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Introduction: New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa

Rosalind I. J. Hackett and Benjamin F. Soares

Part I. "Old" Media: Print and Radio

1. A History of Sauti ya Mvita ("Voice of Mombasa"): Radio, Public Culture, and Islam in Coastal Kenya, 1947-1966

James R. Brennan

2. Between Standardization and Pluralism: The Islamic Printing Market and its Social Spaces in Bamako, Mali

Francesco Zappa

3. Binary Islam: Media and Religious Movements in Nigeria

Brian Larkin

4. Muslim Community Radio Stations: Constructing and Shaping Identities in a Democratic South Africa

Muhammed Haron

Part II. New Media and Media Worlds

5. Mediating Transcendence: Popular Film, Visuality, and Religious Experience in West Africa

Johannes Merz

6. The Heart of Man: Pentecostalist Emotive Style in and beyond Kinshasa's Media World

Katrien Pype

7. Islamic Communication and Mass Media in Cameroon

Hamadou Adama

8. "We Are on the Internet:" Contemporary Pentecostalism in Africa and the New Culture of Online Religion

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

9. Conveying Islam: Arab Islamic Satellite Channels as New Players

Ehab Galal

10. Religious Discourse in the New Media: A Case Study of Pentecostal Discourse Communities of SMS Users in South-western Nigeria

'Rotimi Taiwo

Part III. Arenas of Exchange, Competition, and Conflict

11. Media Afrikania: Styles and Strategies of Representing "Afrikan Traditional Religion" in Ghana

Marleen de Witte

12. Senwele Jesu: Gospel Music and Religious Publics in Nigeria

Vicki L. Brennan

13. Managing Miracles: Ambiguities in the Regulation of Religious Broadcasting in Nigeria

Asonzeh Ukah

14. Living across Digital Landscapes: Muslims, Orthodox Christians, and an Indian Guru in Ethiopia

Samson A. Bezabeh

15. Zulu Dreamscapes: Senses, Media, and Authentication in Contemporary Neo-shamanism

David Chidester

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Hackett, Rosalind I. J.
Indiana University Press
Soares, Benjamin F.
Nyamnjoh, Francis B.
Bloomington, IN
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
Church & State
African Studies
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