Performing Islam - new title announcement
Inaugural issue available free online

Founder and Editor: Kamal Salhi

Reviews Editor:
Zahia Smail Salhi

2012 | Volume 1: 2 issues per volume | ISSN: 20431015, Online ISSN 20431023
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Intellect is delighted to announce the publication of Performing Islam and to celebrate the arrival of this groundbreaking journal we are offering issue 1.1 for FREE online. Click here to view and download.
Emerging from an international network project funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economics and Social Research Council, and research collaboration between academics and practitioners, Performing Islam is the first peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal about Islam and performance and their related aesthetics. It focuses on socio-cultural as well as the historical and political contexts of artistic practices in the Muslim world. The journal covers dance, ritual, theatre, performing arts, visual arts and cultures, and popular entertainment in Islam-influenced societies and their diasporas. It promotes insightful research of performative expressions of Islam by performers and publics, and encompasses theoretical debates, empirical studies, postgraduate research, interviews with performers, research notes and queries, and reviews of books, conferences, festivals, events and performances.
Founder and Editor Kamal Salhi introduces the first issue of this exiting new publication, which marks an important moment in the investigation of religion post 9/11. In this issue, Matthew Isaac Cohen explores Javanese performance theory, and Mona Khedr considers gender representations of Muslim femininity in Alfred Farag's The Last Walk, discussing the position of women in Islam. Hae-kyung Um probes the debate surrounding identity and music within the South Asian diaspora in a transnational, global context, and Razia Sultanova examines Sufi music in contemporary Central Asian cities. Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy explores the linguistic contexts surrounding Sidi Sufi rituals of devotion and, in a compelling article exploring issues of identity, authenticity and acceptance of converts to Islam, Leon Moosavi draws an enlightening comparison between Goffman's ideas about performance and Bourdieu's ideas about 'habitus'. Thomas Hodgson interviews Raja, a British Kashmiri radio DJ living in an industrial town in the West Midlands, England rife with racial and religious prejudice. Finally, the issue concludes with a unique review of the fourth Fez Festival of Sufi Culture, and the intersection and conflicting nature of spirituality and commerce amongst its different participants. 
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