Gary R. Bunt

iMuslims Reviews


iMuslims Reviews


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iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.  London: C. Hurst & Co.  Kuala Lumpur, The Other Place.  New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2009).  358pp


"iMuslims will be welcomed by all who want to understand the impact of the Internet on Islam and the Muslim world today. Gary Bunt, leading expert on Islam, provides a fascinating picture of the Internet as a vehicle for transformation of mainstream Islam as well as a propaganda and recruitment tool for militants." John L. Esposito, Georgetown University, co-author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think

"The hundreds of examples included in iMuslims will undoubtedly be most useful to those unfamiliar with the virtual landscape of ever expanding CIEs [Cyber Islamic Environments]."
Roxanne D. Marcotte, MESA Review of Middle East Studies Volume 44 Number 1 Summer 2010
 
"... iMuslims is a great and much needed contribution to our understanding of the religion-technology interactions in diverse Muslim contexts. Its grand scope and empirical richness make it an indispensable source for any researcher dealing with the Internet, information and communication technology, and contemporary Islam." Vit Sisler, CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 1, 2013

"iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam” by Gary R. Bunt is a book I assign to my students. It’s a great resource for looking at the impact of the internet/social media on Muslims around the world. Gary looks at both how transformative online activity has been for Muslim debate and discussions – did you know you could perform a virtual Haj? – and the ways extremist groups have used such networking. I was so glad to see MuslimWakeup! mentioned."   
Mona Eltahawy, Blog, Ramadan Book Recommendations 2010 (day 27)

"With this eclectic monograph, Gary R. Bunt, a senior lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, cements his reputation as the most prominent and prolific scholar of today’s “cyber-Islamic landscape.”
Robert Rozehnal, Middle East Journal, Winter 2010

"A significant book for both religious studies and policy studies."
Jon W. Anderson, coeditor of Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civic Society

"Bunt demonstrates an unparalleled command of the many and diverse manifestations of Islam on the Internet. Thoroughly comprehensive and up-to-date, iMuslims offers a wealth of examples throughout, allowing the reader to come away with a firm sense of the rich world of 'cyber-Islamic environments.'"
Peter Mandaville, author of Global Political Islam

‘Bunt confirms his pre-eminence in the study of Islam and new information technologies with this incisive and timely i-Muslims. This work expertly examines how Muslim digitisation and “wiring” are likely producing new transformations in the understanding and practice of Islam, and importantly in the religious authority to interpret it, which go to the heart of the current critical debate over who speaks for Islam.’
James Piscatori

""iMuslims is the best overview of the Muslim Internet to date. It is up-to-date, comprehensive, and should be compulsory reading for students and scholars of Islam, media, and politics in the Middle East."
Sune Haugbolle (Copenhagen University), H-Net

" ... for young super-surfers, as well as for practitioners in a growing field, it will be a valuable addition to the literature"
Roger Hardy [BBC World Service], Journal of Islamic Studies

"iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam is an interesting and informative work, which is well worth reading."
Greg Simons, Media, War & Conflict

"Pick up Gary Bunt’s “iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam” and learn that for every online al-Qaeda recruiter there are thousands more Muslims reforming Islam online."
Mona Eltahawy, Time.com, Muslims Online Encourage Debate, Not Hate [video]

"Gary Bunt's perceptive study"
Dominic Casciani, Times Literary Supplement

"... this superb study of Islam online..."
Daniel Martin Varisco, Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life

"iMuslims is an excellent guide to the emergence of "specific forms of online Islam""
Ziauddin Sardar, The Independent

"Bunt demonstrates an unparalleled command of the many and diverse manifestations of Islam on the Internet. Thoroughly comprehensive and up-to-date, iMuslims offers a wealth of examples throughout, allowing the reader to come away with a firm sense of the rich world of 'cyber-Islamic environments.'"
Peter Mandaville, author of Global Political Islam

'Bunt redirects our attention from the web to the Muslims who make use of it. The study of Islam on the internet has come of age.’
Jakob Skovgaard- Petersen, Director of the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo

"A near-encyclopedia of Islam online."
Publishers Weekly

"His study is laudable for breaking ground in an area that is inherently difficult to research due to its scope, complexity, vagueness, and expansiveness."
Gabriel Weimann, Sociology of Religion

"This book provides a refreshing report on the world’s contemporary Muslim community, and raises stimulating questions that will contribute to the ongoing discussion on the adaptability of religion in the computer age."
Clifton Martin, MEI Bulletin

"iMuslims in an excellent guide to the emergence of 'specific forms of online Islam'. What is really new, as Bunt shows so powerfully, is the contribution of concerned and thinking Muslims, with no background in traditional education..."
Adnan Farooqi, The Book Review (India)

" ... [And as] Gary Bunt, a scholar who has studied Muslims’ use of the Internet extensively, writes in his excellent book i-Muslims..."
Bruce Etling, Internet & Democracy Project, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (comment in article)

"Bunt is well-informed..."
Paul Aarts, Lecturer International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, 'Blogging Towards Utopia' (hivos.net review)

" ... the book can be recommended for the general public because it explains Islamic terms from the outset without requiring prior knowledge, for security authorities interested in the development and range of e-jihad, and for scholars who need a reliable survey of and information on the broad spectrum of CIEs in the early twenty- first century."
Jens Kutscher, HSK [hsozkult.geschichte.hu-
 
" ... the clear strength of iMuslims rests in boldly going where many have not:  laying the groundwork and asking scholars to unpack what, at first pass, looks to many like unholy bedfellows for the sake of understanding the effect of Internet technologies on theology. Like any piece of original software, the bugs and glitches may be overlooked while users eagerly await an upgrade."  Dominic Bocci, Muftah.org
 
"The text is suitable for both the undergraduate and graduate classroom. It is written in accessible language and will appeal to the specialist and non-specialist alike. Bunt's work fills a niche market that has received less academic attention than it deserves."
Deborah L. Wheeler (United States Naval Academy). International Journal of Middle East Studies, Volume 44, Issue 03, August 2012, pp 612-614

"This is an excellent work which gives an epistemic and analytical dimension to Islamic interaction with modern technology."
Amidu Olalekan Sanni,  Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 32, 2, 281-283, June 2012

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