The 2011 revolution unleashed passionate public concern about how to create a “New Egypt.” Islamic channels were important sites of these debates as rival television preachers gave media form to their competing visions of what a virtuous life entails and what an ethical polity looks like. Based on fieldwork in Cairo with the “New Preachers” – so named because of their novel styles of Islamic media – this talk explores what these on and off-screen struggles reveal about Islam’s competing theologies and the distinctive media forms they take. It also considers what methodological attunements such contested religious mediations demand of their ethnographers.
This event is being held on Zoom. It is sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Center for African Studies, and the Henry Luce Foundation Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.
To register and receive the Zoom password, please email Musa Ibrahim.