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Bruce Lawrence

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620039

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620039.001.0001

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Allah Online

Allah Online

Practices in Cyberspace

(p.141) Chapter Five Allah Online
Who Is Allah?

Bruce B. Lawrence

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines some of the opportunities, but also some of the dangers, of searching for deeper insight into Allah on the World Wide Web. The Information Age has fundamentally provided opportunities for those not engaged in scholarly or literary activities to express more easily their own voice and proffer opinions to vast audiences beyond previous means of distribution. But the fact that there are no “peer reviews” or verdict of the truth or fiction of what is published makes this new freedom problematic, perhaps even dangerous. Too often those who troll the Internet for information about Allah, the Qur'an, and other topics of religious interest intuitively assume that what they find is “true.” Thus, the Internet has opened up the possibility of religious “cyber war,” with groups attempting to steer readers and the faithful into whatever they advocate, whether fundamentalism, orthodoxy, or splinter terrorist groups.

Keywords:   Allah, World Wide Web, Information Age, Internet, Qur'an, religious cyber war, terrorist groups

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