Intertextuality and constructing Islamic identities online

Najma Al Zidjaly*

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This chapter explores, from a sociolinguistic perspective, the role that the Internet plays in the online discursive construction of the Islamic religious identity of an enlightener. It does so by examining chatroom conversations between a man with a disability from the Islamic Arabian country, Oman and individuals of diverse religious backgrounds and nationalities with whom he frequently chats. The chapter illustrates how an enlightener identity is constructed through juxtaposing two contrastive religious identities: a liberal identity (when interacting with other Muslims) and a far more traditional one (when interacting with non-Muslims). The findings of the study suggest that the Internet is helping transform many Islamic discourses from being "authoritative," i.e., unquestioned, to being "internally persuasive," i.e., open for debate (Bakhtin, 1981). The analysis also reveals how the Internet is offering new possibilities regarding the constitution of an Islamic identity while additionally posing increasingly poignant questions about the role of Islamic religious leaders in this digital age.

اللغة الأصليةEnglish
عنوان منشور المضيفHandbook of Research on Discourse Behavior and Digital Communication
العنوان الفرعي لمنشور المضيفLanguage Structures and Social Interaction
ناشرIGI Global
عدد الصفحات14
مستوى الصوت1
رقم المعيار الدولي للكتب (المطبوع)9781615207732
المعرِّفات الرقمية للأشياء
حالة النشرPublished - 2010

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