• Technologies of the spirit: Devotional Islam, sound reproduction and the dialectics of mediation and immediacy in Mauritius

    Author(s):
    Patrick Eisenlohr (see profile)
    Date:
    2009
    Group(s):
    Anthropology, Music and Sound, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Cultural anthropology, Islam, Media studies, Religion, Religious studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Mauritius, Media and religion, sound reproduction, semiotics
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M62N7Z
    Abstract:
    Users of contemporary media technology in religious settings often oscillate between immediacy in spiritual interaction and the increasing complexity and visibility of media technology as human artifacts. Drawing on approaches to mediation from philosophy and media theory, I examine Mauritian Muslims’ uses of sound reproduction in performing a devotional genre to show how theological assumptions about mediation shape the domestication of media technology in religious settings in different ways. A semiotic approach can throw new light on the dialectics of mediation and immediacy that frequently result in searches for technical solutions to bypass established forms of interacting with the divine.
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