Alternative Islamic Voices on the Internet
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Research related to Islam and Islamic actors often concentrates on the highly politicized dimensions of Islam. Over the last few years, Islamic terrorism and extremism have received considerable media coverage, and they have occupied centre stage of public debate. Aggressive and narrow interpretations of Islam have been common and there has only been limited space for criticism or counterarguments towards, for example, Islamic doctrine, traditions or culture. Mainstream Islam, representing the conventional and traditional ideas of the religion, has remained the main option for the majority of Muslims, much to the frustration of ‘different’ Islamic actors that wish to create a more pluralist Islamic. The aim of this chapter is to explore these ‘hidden’ and ‘minor’ Islamic voices as alternatives to the mainstream understanding of Islam. More specifically, I want to examine these alternative Islamic voices in the context of the Internet and the phenomena of queer and everyday Islam.