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Mediating Islam in the Digital Age. Present issues and past experiences of technological revolutions

Project description

The impact of digitisation on Islam

Digitisation and globalisation have impacted religious beliefs and practices, particularly Islam. Technological advancements have led relatively marginal theological and ideological trends to acquire new prominence within Islam. Thus, an assessment of innovations’ impact on the development of Islam is necessary. The EU-funded MIDA project will train a group of early-stage researchers, providing them with inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary and international skills to understand the technological impact on Islam concerning beliefs, practices, political and social institutions, and outlooks. The project will study how technological innovations modify the relationship between Muslims and their past and answer the question of why Islam is more affected than other monotheisms. MIDA will design five work packages, each including comparative work on historical case studies.


We are witnessing the emergence of what is in very important ways essentially a new religion. Digitisation and globalisation have influenced not only social and political practices and organisation, but also religious beliefs and practices. Islam, the Islamic commonwealth and the Muslims, are at the forefront of the most recent developments. Hitherto relatively marginal theological and ideological trends have acquired new prominence within Islam and this new Islam is being disseminated as a brand in an ever-expanding corpus of public images and imaginaries. This newly acquired hyper-visibility is reminiscent of the impact of the printing press on the Catholic church in the 16th century, and its role in the Reform movement. The impact today of technological innovations on the development of Islam requires urgent assessment.
The MIDA proposal aims to understand how digitisation is shaping Islam (i.e. beliefs, practices, political and social institutions, and outlooks). How is this technological revolution modifying the relation Muslims have with the past? Why is it reshaping Islam in more profound ways than other monotheisms? We need to understand the developments that are transforming religious belief in our time and to do so scholarship itself needs to seize the resources of the technological revolution that is spurring change.
The MIDA project will make possible the necessary training of a group of young researchers, able to answer collectively to the challenge, providing them inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary, international skills.
To tackle the complexity of the issue, five interlocking work packages have been designed, each including comparative work on historical case-studies: ‘Narratives of the Self’; ‘Languages and Translation’; ‘Images and Materiality in Islam’; ‘Contested Authority and Knowledge Production’ and ‘Mobility and Mobilisation beyond Borders’.


Net EU contribution
€ 549 604,08
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Total cost
€ 549 604,08

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