Beyond Hybridity and Fundamentalism: Emerging Muslim Identity in Globalized India

ISBN : 9780199453610

Tabassum Ruhi Khan
256 Pages
149 x 223 mm
Pub date
May 2015
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The question of identity, and especially its formation among youth, has received significant academic attention as our worlds become intricately and unpredictably connected through satellite televisions, mobile telephones, Internet, and social networking platforms. Marking a distinct addition to such scholarship, this volume is an ethnographic study of the under-investigated issue of Indian Muslim youth's emergent subjectivity in a media-saturated globalized Indian society. The author develops the idea of 'convoluted modernity' to explain Muslim youth's reactions to multifarious and divergent influences both from the East as well as the West shaping their everyday life. The concept illustrates how Muslim youths' ideas about self and community draw equally on MTV as on Peace TV to create a complex truck between consumerist hedonism and globalized Islam. Introducing a new perspective to studies on globalization, media, and cultural politics, this book shows how interpolation of local and global in the accelerated virtual spheres, and their contextual interpretation within an expanding economy, notwithstanding Muslim youth's disadvantaged position, shape alternate modernities rife with ambiguities and beyond binaries of progress and regression.


Introduction: Beyond Hybridity and Fundamentalism
1. MTV and Peace TV: Global Cool and Apna Mahol in Jamia Enclave
2. Cyber Citizens: Rewriting Social and Political Marginalization
3. Muslim Women Negotiating Modernity and Islam
About the Author

About the author: 

Tabassum Ruhi Khan teaches media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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