[lit-ideas] Fwd: [ANTHRO-L] New Publication: The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics

  • From: "John McCreery" <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 07:41:10 +0900

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.

John McCreery

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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:

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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