Gary R. Bunt (2009) iMuslims Rewiring the House of Islam : Review

“My use of the umbrella term “cyber-Islamic environment” (CIE) acknowledges diversity among and within different zones in cyberspace that represent varied Muslim worldviews within the House of Islam, all of which present a reference point of identity with a conceptualization of Islam.” [1]

The concept of peer-to-peer sharing (or “peering”), for which Linux is such a valuable model, offers a system that lends itself to many other areas of human life and interaction, including Muslim networks and societies. [2]

CIEs (Cyber-Islamic Environment) have always had a collaborative element, but this has been redefined through the application of social networking and other online innovations categorized as belonging to so-called Web 2.0. [3]

The notion of Islamic knowledge development through history also had an open-source element. The development of scholarship centered on the collection of the sayings and traditions associated with the Prophet Muhammad, known as hadith, required scholars to network between centers of knowledge production in order to collect and transmit the versions of hadith that they acquired. [4]

“… how Islam and Muslims will continue to apply the internet as a means of understanding, interpreting, and transmitting forms of religious knowledge to a variety audience.” [5]

Blogging has challenged conventional media, and as language tools have opened up discourse in Farsi, Arabic and other “Islamic” languages, blogs have become a major conduit of opinion within cyber-Islamic environments. [6]

In reality, explanations of ritual practice may be less valuable to outsiders than seeing the banality and normality of other areas of online Muslim discourse, such as within social-networking sites. [7]

“The flow of data about Islam that is circulating via the internet … may be appropriate to discuss in terms of a global Islamic knowledge economy (concept and idea according to Manuel Castells as informational economy)”. pp.12. [8]

Noun: The wealth and resources of a country or region, esp. in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services.
Adjective: (of a product) Offering the best value for the money: “an economy pack”. [9]

From wiki …
An economy consists of the economic system of a country or other area, the labor, capital and land resources, and the economic agents that socially participate in the production, exchange, distribution, and consumption of goods and services of that area. A given economy is the end result of a process that involves its technological evolution, history and social organization, as well as its geography, natural resource endowment, and ecology, as main factors. These factors give context, content, and set the conditions and parameters in which an economy functions.

Today the range of fields of study examining the economy revolve around the social science of economics, but may include sociology (economic sociology), history (economic history), anthropology (economic anthropology), and geography (economic geography). Practical fields directly related to the human activities involving production, distribution, exchange, and consumption of goods and services as a whole, range from engineering to management and business administration to applied science to finance.

All professions, occupations, economic agents or economic activities, contribute to the economy. Consumption, saving, and investment are core variable components in the economy and determine market equilibrium. There are three main sectors of economic activity: primary, secondary, and tertiary. [10]
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“Islam is being reshaped, and the internet , in particular the World Wide Web, has had an increasing impact on Muslims in diverse contemporary contexts. … created by Muslims seeking to present dimensions of their religious, spiritual and/or political lives online.” pp.13. [11]

— search before this —
1. Takrif Islamic website
2. Sesetengah mereka terikat kepada sesebuah laman yang mewakili pegangan mereka.
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” … to what extent has using the internet for Islamic purposes become s religious obligation for some?” pp.11 [12]
[1] Gary R. Bunt (2009), iMuslims Rewiring the House of Islam, pp.1
[4] Gary R. Bunt (2009), iMuslims Rewiring the House of Islam, pp.2-3.
[8] Gary R. Bunt (2009), iMuslims Rewiring the House of Islam, pp.12
[10] Wikipedia
[11] Gary R. Bunt (2009), iMuslims Rewiring the House of Islam, pp.13


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