||Wael Hegazy, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA. E-mail: email@example.com
||CyberOrient, Vol. 14, Iss. 2, 2020, pp. 64-84
||December 15, 2020
||The article argues that the debate over the online prayer is not just an ordinary fatwa
issued by religious scholars for the Muslim Ummah, but it rather goes through a complicated
process of social, identarian, cultural, authoritative, and transnational caveats.
The physicality entailed by this debate over the online prayer shows how the place of worship
along with the physical presence in it while performing the prayer is considered as
an identity marker, a tool for sustaining the social fiber and the culture of the Muslim
community. The article concludes by situating the debate over the online prayer within a
broader framework of online religion versus religion online and the impact of the virtualization
of rituals on the perception of the religious experience.
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