Islam and the Alleged Incompatibility with Popular Culture

Pierre Hecker

Abstract


This paper critically reflects upon the alleged incompatibility of Islam and popular culture, the antipathy toward the study of popular culture in the field of Islamic studies, and the question of what it is that puts "the popular" into culture.


Keywords


popular culture; Islamic studies; Islam and popular culture

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17192/meta.2017.7.6490

Pierre Hecker is a lecturer at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at the University of Marburg, Germany. He is the author of the book Turkish Metal: Music, Meaning, and Morality in a Muslim Society and has published numerous articles on heavy metal in the Middle East. He is currently working on a new research project, funded by Stiftung Mercator and entitled 'Ne mutlu ateistim diyene': Atheism & The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey. In 2016, he spent the summer semester as a visiting lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul.

email: pierre.hecker@staff.uni-marburg.de