Something big is happening. For over a thousand years, Islamic scholars have generally maintained significant control over the production, interpretation, and dissemination of Islamic texts and content to Muslim masses throughout the world.
Now, for the first time ever in human history, that is beginning to radically change. New media—Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, YouTube, and many more online tools—have made publishing and the sharing of content easy and democratized.
As a result, millions of Muslim Internet users today are getting exposed to a huge diversity of ideas and theological opinions on Islam, unlike ever before. Moreover, they have newfound freedoms to speak their minds and spread their ideas hardly with any restrictions at all.
Some of these ideas are troublesome and seek to lure young Muslims into extremist groups. Many further reinforce current mainstream Islamic thought. Others are deemed too liberal, heretical, and illegitimate by the orthodoxies, but are growing in influence. Some ideas attack Islam.
Regardless of where you stand, there seems to be more questions than answers, and a few important questions stand out in particular.
• In what ways is the Internet affecting Muslim societies and culture?
• How are young internet-savvy Muslims changing the image of Islam in the West?
• What is the future of internet freedom and censorship in Muslim-majority countries?
• And last but not least, what is the future of Islam in the age of new media?
Join 60 Diverse Speakers for an Unprecedented Seminar
- Reza Aslan – Author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
- Ethan Zuckerman – Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
- Abdullahi An-Na’im – Islamic Scholar, Emory University
- Zeba Khan – American Muslim Writer, Activist and Social Media Consultant
- Sana Saleem – Pakistani Blogger, Co-Founder of Gawaahi.com
- Ahmed Shihab-Eldin – Co-Host of The Stream on Al Jazeera English
- Nasser Weddady – Civil Rights Outreach Director, American Islamic Congress
- Jillian C. York – Director, Int’l Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Wajahat Ali – Writer and Associate Editor of AltMuslim.com
- Fatemeh Fakhraie – Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Muslimah Media Watch
- Sam Rosen – Social Entrepreneur and Co-founder of ThoughtLead
- Aziz H. Poonawalla – Prominent American Muslim Blogger, City of Brass
- Brian Whitaker – Journalist at The Guardian
- Jacob Appelbaum – Prominent Tor and WikiLeaks Hacktivist
- Shadi Hamid – Director of Research, Brookings Doha Center
- Asma T. Uddin – Founder and Editor-In-Chief of AltMuslimah.com
- Sami Ben Gharbia – Tunisian Digital Activist, Advocacy Director of Global Voices Online
- Nesrine Malik – Writer at Comment Is Free, The Guardian
- Aasil Ahmad – Senior Fellow, AccessNow.org
- Ahmed Al-Omran -Saudi Blogger, SaudiJeans.org
- Zahed Amanullah -Executive Editor at AltMuslim.com
- Robert Guerra -Project Director, Internet Freedom at Freedom House
- Amra Tareen -Founder and CEO of Allvoices.com
- Khalid Aboulela – Sudanese Egyptian Canadian Sufi and Active Twitterer
- Gary R. Bunt – Author of the book, iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam
- Mohammed el-Nawawy – Co-author of the book Islam Dot Com
- Sahar Khamis – Co-author of the book Islam Dot Com
- Vít Šisler -Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Digital Islam
- Shazia Kamal – Activist and Associate Editor of AltMuslimah.com
- Eman Al Nafjan – Blogger, Saudi Woman’s Weblog
- Raquel Evita Saraswati – American Muslim Writer and Activist
- Philip N Howard- Director of Project on Information Technology and Political Islam
- Hussein Rashid – Associate Editor at Religion Dispatches
- Noha Atef – Digital Activist, TortureInEgypt.net
- Abdurahman – Somali Blogger and Al Jazeera Broadcaster
- Javed Ali – Founder, Publisher & CEO of ILLUME
- Kawthar – Sudanese Digital Activist and Twitterer @Kawdess
- Haroon Moughul – Director of The Maydan Institute
- Michael Dowd – Host of the “Evolutionary Christianity” Online Series
- Amina Waheed -Writer and Multimedia Enthusiast
- Khadija Patel – South African Muslim Writer and Blogger
- Mustafa Stefan Dill – American Muslim Blogger and PR Consultant
- Maria Kari – Canadian Muslim Writer and Activist
- Carter Phipps – Executive Editor of EnlightenNext Magazine
- Musa A. Murawih – Sudanese-American Poet, Activist and Political Analyst
- Sana Saeed – Blogger and Editor at KABOBfest
- Terry Patten – Spiritual Teacher and Peace Activist
- Colin Christopher – Inside Islam, University of Wisconsin
- Nabil Echchaibi – Assoc Director of the Center for Media, Religion & Culture, U of Colorado-Boulder
- Suad Abdul-Khabeer – American Muslim Scholar, Artist, and Activist
- Lisa ZahranMalaysian – Writer and Social Media Marketing Consultant
- Justin Mashouf – LA-based Muslim Filmmaker, Artist and Internet Junkie
- Zaki HasanWriter -Blogger and Professor of Communication and Media Studies
- Fabian A. Boehm – Social Media Consultant and Convert to Islam
- Iesa Galloway -PR Consultant and Blogger at MuslimMatters.org
- Imaan Ali – Muslim Activist and Former Hijab Fashion Blogger
- Samya Ayish – Blogger and Freelance Journalist Based In Dubai
- Ponn M. Sabra -Blogger at American Muslim Mom
- Ghada Alakhdar – Academic Researcher In the Area of Cyberculture
- Ahmed Gomaa – Founder of iMediaStre
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