I haven't read this book. The review suggests, however, that there might be something in it for those interested in how the ideas of Muslim theologians are transmitted and received by the Muslim street.
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Philip Leventhal <pl2164@xxxxxxxxxxxx> Date: Oct 3, 2006 5:44 AM Subject: [ANTHRO-L] New Publication: The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics To: ANTHRO-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Columbia University Press is proud to announce the publication of "The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics" by Charles Hirschkind.
Focusing on Cairo's neighborhoods, Charles Hirschkind, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, highlights the pivotal role cassette sermons now play in an expanding arena of Islamic argumentation and debate--what he calls an "Islamic counterpublic." Hirschkind explores the phenomenon of the cassette sermon, which has become omnipresent in most Middle Eastern cities and shows how sermon tapes have provided one of the means by which Islamic ethical traditions have been recalibrated to a modern political and technological order. Contrary to the belief that Islamic cassette sermons are a tool of militant indoctrination, Hirschkind argues that sermon tapes serve as an instrument of ethical self-improvement and as a vehicle for honing the sensibilities and affects of pious living.
For more information about this book, please visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/catalog/data/023113/0231138180.HTM
To read an excerpt: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/publicity/hirschkindexcerpt.html
Praise for The Ethical Soundscape:
Talal Asad writes, "At one level this is a highly original account of the role of cassette sermons in contemporary Egypt, in which their content is related with unusual sensitivity to their embodied reception as well as to the learned tradition of Islam. At another level it is a powerful argument for relating the work of moral and religious cultivation of the self to larger questions about the politics of the public sphere in Muslim-majority countries."
William Connolly writes, "Hirschkind writes in a way that conveys the inner life of counterpublics in Egypt to those of us who could not otherwise hear their voices. This is an indispensable book."
Philip Leventhal Columbia University Press
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