• Media, urban aspirations, and religious mobilization among Twelver Shi‘ite Muslims in Mumbai

    Author(s):
    Patrick Eisenlohr (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Contemporary Islam, India, South Asian religions, Southeast Asian studies, Urban history
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Media and religion, migration, Mumbai, Shi'ism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6752S
    Abstract:
    The chapter analyzes the intertwining of urban aspirations driving migration to the megacity with religious media practices. Against the backdrop of a global megacity, contemporary Twelver Shi‘ite religious activism in Mumbai provides evidence of the importance of global processes of religious mobilization. In the present-day world many people also seek to enhance their relationships with the divine through the deployment of the latest media technologies. Religious media uses among Mumbai Shi´ite Muslims illustrate this dynamic, but also show how the theme of more direct relationships to divine sources of authority exhibits close parallels to how Shia Muslims of migrant background envision their move to the megacity. The simultaneous connecting to the divine in seemingly more immediate ways and tighter integration into transnational networks of religious authority through media practices testifies to the close links between religion, media and the global, links that are especially evident in Mumbai as a megacity.
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