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Sounding Islam

Voice, Media, and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean World

Patrick Eisenlohr


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Sounding Islam provides a provocative account of the sonic dimensions of religion, combining perspectives from the anthropology of media and sound studies, as well as drawing on neo-phenomenological approaches to atmospheres. Using long-term ethnographic research on devotional Islam in Mauritius, Patrick Eisenlohr explores how the voice, as a site of divine manifestation, becomes refracted in media practices that have become integral parts of religious traditions. At the core of Eisenlohr’s concern is the interplay of voice, media, affect, and listeners’ religious experiences. Sounding Islam sheds new light on a key dimension of religion, the sonic incitement of sensations that are often difficult to translate into language.

Praise For Sounding Islam: Voice, Media, and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean World

"The book marks a major contribution in terms of theorization of sound—in religious contexts as well as more broadly."
— Reading Religion

University of California Press, 9780520298712, 188pp.

Publication Date: June 8, 2018

About the Author

Patrick Eisenlohr is Professor of Anthropology and Chair in Society and Culture in Modern India at the University of Göttingen. He is the author of Little India: Diaspora, Time, and Ethnolinguistic Belonging in Hindu Mauritius.