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The Death of a Virtual Muslim Discussion Group : Issues and Methods in Analysing Religion on the Internet

Larsson, Göran

In: Krüger, Oliver (Hrsg.): Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet: Volume 01.1 Special Issue on Theory and Methodology, (2005),

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In his article, Göran Larsson discusses and tests the way an Islamic online discussion group could be analyzed. The contribution deals both with theoretical and methodological questions. All the suggested approaches are tested against data taken from the Swedish Muslim discussion group, Sveriges Förenade CyberMuslimer (SFCM), which was the largest Muslim discussion group in Swedish at the time of writing. Larsson argues that it is necessary to develop fresh approaches and combine online research with traditional fieldwork (in particular interviews) in order to be able to use data taken from the Internet. Larsson also demonstrates that analyzing a Swedish Muslim discussion group requires recognition of the significant exchange with the global Muslim community in different languages and on many ”global” topics.

Item Type: Article
Editors: Krüger, Oliver
Journal or Publication Title: Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet: Volume 01.1 Special Issue on Theory and Methodology
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2005 10:17
Date: 2005
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Religionswissenschaft
Subjects: 290 Other and comparative religions
Controlled Keywords: Religion, Internet
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religion , InternetReligion , Internet
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