Muslim artists all over the world engage, and excel, in mass-media art forms such as music, film, graphic novels, novels, design and photography. Professor Otterbeck will discuss how Muslim artists approach creativity and craftsmanship through mass-media art forms with the ambition to be recognised as having a positive relationship with Islam. Professor Otterbeck’s new book examines the global media company, Awakening which is responsible for launching the careers of celebrated music artists such as Sami Yusuf and Maher Zain. This talk will refer to Professor Otterbeck’s recent research and also discuss new ways of thinking about creativity among Muslim artists.
Jonas Otterbeck is Professor of Islamic Studies at AKU-ISMC in London. His work centres on contemporary issues related to Islam and Muslims in Europe and also on the role of mass-media art and popular culture in relation to Islam. His publications include Muslims in Western Europe (2016, with J. Nielsen), Contemporary Islam: Young Muslims in Malmö and Copenhagen (2010, in Swedish), Researching Music Censorship (2017, editor) and numerous articles in journals including Contemporary Islam, Popular Music & Society, Numen and Ethnic & Racial Studies.
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