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Gary R. Bunt is a writer and academic specialising in research on Islam and Muslims in cyberspace. He is based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where he is a Reader in Islamic Studies/Religious Studies. is Programme Director for the MA Islamic Studies. Find out more at the research website is www.virtuallyislamic.com. This also links to a blog, which contains regular updates on issues associated with Islam in cyberspace.

Selected reviews of iMuslims:

""iMuslims is the best overview of the Muslim Internet to date. It is up-to-date, comprehensive, and should be compulsory reading for students and scholars of Islam, media, and politics in the Middle East."Sune Haugbolle, H-Net

"iMuslims will be welcomed by all who want to understand the impact of the Internet on Islam and the Muslim world today. Gary Bunt, leading expert on Islam, provides a fascinating picture of the Internet as a vehicle for transformation of mainstream Islam as well as a propaganda and recruitment tool for militants." John L. Esposito, Georgetown University,

"iMuslims is an excellent guide to the emergence of "specific forms of online Islam"" Ziauddin Sardar, The Independent

" ... an interesting, easy to-digest book that is a must-read for basic and advanced courses in religious studies, digital media, and international communication. It can also be a useful guide for those interested in learning more about the fascinating world of online Islam." Mohammed el-Nawawy, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 26:4

" ... for young super-surfers, as well as for practitioners in a growing field, it will be a valuable addition to the literature" Roger Hardy [BBC World Service], Journal of Islamic Studies

"Pick up Gary Bunt's 'iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam' and learn that for every online al-Qaeda recruiter there are thousands more Muslims reforming Islam online." Mona Eltahawy, Time.com

"iMuslims is a fascinating study about Islam's continual internal dialogue, a dialogue that the internet has heightened. It should make atheists and Christians rethink caricatures about Islam as a timeless monolith intent on world conquest, a stereotype that habitually resurfaces. It deserves to be read by many Muslims for the same reason" Patrick West, Culture Wars

"Many scholars have commented on online Islam, and a few have undertaken research, but only Bunt has developed a comprehensive approach to chronicling Muslims' uptake of the full range of cyber-technologies. iMuslims is a significant book for both religious studies and policy studies." Jon W. Anderson, coeditor of Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civic Society

"iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam is an interesting and informative work, which is well worth reading." Greg Simons, Media, War & Conflict

"Bunt demonstrates an unparalleled command of the many and diverse manifestations of Islam on the Internet. Thoroughly comprehensive and up-to-date, iMuslims offers a wealth of examples throughout, allowing the reader to come away with a firm sense of the rich world of 'cyber-Islamic environments.'" Peter Mandaville, author of Global Political Islam

"Bunt confirms his pre-eminence in the study of Islam and new information technologies with this incisive and timely i-Muslims. This work expertly examines how Muslim digitisation and 'wiring' are likely producing new transformations in the understanding and practice of Islam, and importantly in the religious authority to interpret it, which go to the heart of the current critical debate over who speaks for Islam." James Piscatori, Professor of International Relations, University of Durham

"Bunt redirects our attention from the web to the Muslims who make use of it. The study of Islam on the internet has come of age." Jakob Skovgaard- Petersen, Director of the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo
"... this superb study of Islam online..." Daniel Martin Varisco, Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life

"A near-encyclopedia of Islam online." Publishers Weekly

"This book provides a refreshing report on the world's contemporary Muslim community, and raises stimulating questions that will contribute to the ongoing discussion on the adaptability of religion in the computer age." Clifton Martin, MEI Bulletin

"Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." Choice

"Gary Bunt's perceptive study" Dominic Casciani, Times Literary Supplement

"With this eclectic monograph, Gary R. Bunt, a senior lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, cements his reputation as the most prominent and prolific scholar of today's 'cyber-Islamic landscape.' Robert Rozehnal, Middle East Journal

"iMuslims in an excellent guide to the emergence of 'specific forms of online Islam'. What is really new, as Bunt shows so powerfully, is the contribution of concerned and thinking Muslims, with no background in traditional education..." Adnan Farooqi, The Book Review

"Bunt is well-informed..."'Blogging Towards Utopia' (hivos.net review)

"His study is laudable for breaking ground in an area that is inherently difficult to research due to its scope, complexity, vagueness, and expansiveness." Gabriel Weimann, Sociology of Religion,

You'll find further reviews, and a range of materials linked to this research, at www.virtuallyislamic.com

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'iMuslims, especially combined with Bunt's previous books, is a detailed, rich, and informative encyclopedia of Islam online. It is based on descriptive analysis and relies on a thorough examination of the contents and formats of online Islam. His study is laudable for breaking ground in an area that is inherently difficult to research due to its scope, complexity, vagueness, and expansiveness.' --Sociology of Religion

iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam is an interesting, easy to-digest book that is a must-read for basic and advanced courses in religious studies, digital media, and international communication. It can also be a useful guide for those interested in learning more about the fascinating world of online Islam.' --The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

'Gary Bunt, leading expert on Islam, provides a fascinating picture of the Internet as a vehicle for transformation of mainstream Islam as well as a propaganda and recruitment tool for militants.' --John L. Esposito, Georgetown University, coauthor of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think

About the Author

Gary R. Bunt is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, and Director of MA Islamic Studies, at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His publications include Virtually Islamic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000) and Islam in the Digital Age (London & Michigan: Pluto Press, 2003). He maintains a website and blog on Islam and the internet at www.virtuallyislamic.com

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