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

Objective

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’.
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

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EU Contribution

€ 549 604,08

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 619,88

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 256 320

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 752 714,64

PHILIPPS UNIVERSITAET MARBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

GIGA GERMAN INSTITUTE OF GLOBAL ANDAREA STUDIES STIFTUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

FONDACIJA KULTURNO NASLIJEDE BEZ GRANICA

Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Contribution

€ 219 826,80

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 619,88

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 619,88

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 619,88

Partners (13)

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UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

UNIVERSITE PARIS I PANTHEON-SORBONNE

ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SCIENCES SOCIALES

UNIVERZITET U SARAJEVU

CASA ARABE E INSTITUTO INTERNACIONAL DE ESTUDIOS ARABES Y DEL MUNDO MUSULMAN

STICHTING NATIONAAL MUSEUM VAN WERELDCULTUREN

Aljazeera Media Institute (as apart of Aljazeera Media Network)

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ART ET DE CULTURE GEORGES-POMPIDOU

UNIVERSITAT ERFURT

RUCKRIEM PHILIPP

KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 813547

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2019

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 874 112,28

  • EU contribution

    € 3 874 112,28

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France