Our project explores how contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. Technologies—new and old—not only circulate the word in its multiple incarnations, but also cultivate modes of communal identification. More specifically, we seek to understand how Islamic media transform not only the social and political landscape, but also the human sensorium—the way we see/ feel/ and perceive the world.
Rather than being interrupted by secular modernity, religion has been further intensified, diversified, and inflected by the information age. Some go as far as to argue that this media constitutes the very experience of religion. Through the process of representation, the material production of culture gives expression to the spirit; its signs give voice to the soul; its images help make visible the invisible.