Islam in the Age of New Media | Freedom House

Islam in the Age of New Media

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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Islam in the Age of New Media

For more than 1000 years, Islamic scholars have controlled the production, interpretation, and dissemination of Islamic texts and content to Muslim masses throughout the world.  But today, new media is shifting the nature of religious authority and interpretive rights. Facebook, blogs, Twitter, YouTube, and innumerable other online tools have made publishing and disseminating ideas easy and cheap, putting the tools of free expression and religion into the hands of any individual with an internet connection. As a result, millions of Muslim internet users today are exposed to a wide diversity of ideas and theological opinions on Islam. Moreover, they have the ability to speak their minds and spread their ideas more freely than before and their ideas are beginning to have a noticeable impact, challenging notions of orthodoxy and blasphemy.

Amir Ahmad Nasr, curator of The Future of Islam in the Age of New Media website and
blogger at

Endy M. Bayuni, visiting fellow at the East West Center in Washington, DC and former editor-in-chief of The Jakarta Post in Indonesia

Courtney C. Radsch, Freedom of Expression officer at Freedom House and author of the forthcoming book chapter “Bloggers & Believers: Dynamics of Cyberctivism and Identity in the Muslim Brotherhood”

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