Provocative Images in Contemporary Islam
Provocative Images in Contemporary Islam
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1. Introduction: Provocative Images in Contemporary Islam (Leonie Schmidt and Mark Westmoreland)
2. Provoking Affect: Islamic State’s Projectilic Images (Marwan M. Kraidy)
3. Angry Muslim Mobs on Dutch Television: The Reappropriation of the Rushdie Affair (Andrea Meuzelaar)
4. Multicultural Clumsiness: Provocative Anti-Provocations in the Aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo Attacks (Margaretha A. van Es)
5. Islamoscaping Medina by the Bay: The Background of Muslim Life in the San Francisco Bay Area (Maryam Kashani)
6. Pictures that Divide: Worldly Justic, Erotic Nationalism, and the Globalization of the Kiss Pooyan (Tamimi Arab)
7. Over the Shoulder: Looking at Islamic Visuality, Projected Scandals, and Muslim Visibility (Kirsten L. Scheid)
8. Making and Appearance: Images, Frailty, and the Potency of Beauty in the Indonesian Modest Fashion Scene (Carla Jones)
9. Television is Not Radio: Theologies of Mediation in the Egyptian Islamic Revival (Yasmin Moll)
10. Haunting the Islamists: Visualizing Piety, Satire, and Shame in Contemporary Indonesia (James Bourk Hoesterey)
11. Epilogue: What do Provocative Images Provoke? (Karen Strassler)
About the Authors

Provocative Images in Contemporary Islam

De onderstaande tekst is niet beschikbaar in het Nederlands en wordt in het Engels weergegeven.
How do images provoke? And why? This volume aims to inspire thought by examining the relationship between images and Islam in a variety of social, political, and geographic settings.
Perhaps, the cover image of this book provokes you, the reader of this book. Does an image of a mural on the wall of Marcus Books in Oakland, California, represent contemporary images of Islam? Does the iconic image of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, photographed while holding a rifle in defense of his home, contribute to or complicate images in and of Islam? Does the cover unduly sensationalize the image or does it, rather, arouse pride in particular Muslim legacies of knowledge and liberation? To what extent does it confirm normative narratives? To what extent does it disrupt such narratives, allowing new imaginaries to take hold?
Moving beyond a common visual concern within Religious Studies with art, aesthetic value, and perceptions of beauty or coherence, this volume shows how, when, and why images dare, shock, terrorize, confront, challenge, mock, shame, taunt, or offend, either intentionally or unintentionally, and as such lead to both confrontation and affective religious engagement. Exploring and experimenting with the relationship between text and image, the contributions draw attention simultaneously to the messiness of everyday life and to highly targeted, disruptive interventions that mark religious contestation in an era of escalating mobility and digital multiplicity. The volume thus illuminates an insight that has received little attention so far: provocation is among religion’s most significant mediations.

David Kloos

David Kloos is a Senior Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV).

Leonie Schmidt

Leonie Schmidt is Associate Professor in the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam.

Mark Westmoreland

Mark R. Westmoreland is Associate Professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.

Bart Barendregt

Bart Barendregt is Professor of Anthropology of Digital Diversity at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.