Amplifying Islam in the European Soundscape Hardback

Religious Pluralism and Secularism in the Netherlands

by Pooyan Tamimi Arab;


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Amplifying Islam in the European Soundscape

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Public manifestations of Islam remain fiercely contested across the Global West. Studies to date have focussed on the visual presence of Islam - the construction of mosques or the veiling of Muslim women. Amplifying Islam ii the European Soundscape s the first book to add a sonic dimension to analyses of the politics of Islamic aesthetics in Europe. Sound does not respect public/private boundaries, and people experience sound viscerally. As such, the public amplification of the azan, the call to prayer, offers a unique opportunity to understand what is at stake in debates over religious toleration and secularism. The Netherlands were among the first European countries to allow the amplifcation of the azan in the 1980s, and Pooyan Tamimi Arab uses this as a case study embedded in a broader history of Dutch religious pluralism where, up until recently, a Protestant hegemony demanded silent piety from members of other religions, especially Catholics. The book offers a pointed critique of social theories that regard secularism as all-encompassing.
While cultural forms of secularism exclude Muslim rights to public worship, Amplifying Islam argues that political and constitutional secularism also enables Muslim demands for amplifying calls to prayer. It traces how these exclusions and inclusions are effected through architectural proposals for mosques, media debates, law and policy, but also in negotiations on the ground between residents, municipalities and mosques, which effectively regulate competing feelings of nostalgia among Muslim immigrants as well as non-Muslim Dutch residents.

Amplifying Islam in the European Soundscape by Pooyan Tamimi Arab was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in January 2017. The ISBN for Amplifying Islam in the European Soundscape is 9781474291439.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (January 2017)
Number of Pages224
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781474291439
ISBN-101474291430
Product Code4456170
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