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"One cannot doubt the potential effect of these fatwas on modern Muslim society." Online Accusations of Disbelief and Apostasy: The Internet as an Arena for Sunni and Shia Muslim Conflicts

Författare och institution:
Göran Larsson (Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion & Linnécentret for forskning om lärande (LinCS))
Publicerad i:
Studies in religion, 45 ( 2 ) s. 201-221
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This article focuses on a number of fatwas published on the Sunni website Islamqa that, among many things, present negative understandings of Shia Islam. Before discussing the content of the fatwas, I offer a brief reconsideration of the major lines of conflict that divide Sunni and Shia Muslims both in history and at the present day. I then argue that, although contemporary tensions and hatred between different Muslim individuals and groups can potentially be supported by stereotypical presentations of Shia Muslims on the Internet, in order for an individual or a group to turn to violence, a socio-political context is required that is conducive to violent interpretations of religious views. The fatwas considered here do not contain much that is new, and more or less repeat old theological positions. However, in the context of the current crises in Iraq and Syria, old tensions and conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims have gained momentum, making it obvious that theological differences are being used to dehumanize the Other and to legitimate violence against the religious Other.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Filosofi, etik och religion
Sunni, Shia, Internet, fatwa, conflicts, Syria, Wahhabism, Salafism
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2016-04-13 09:04
Posten ändrad:
2016-06-27 12:57

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