Representation of Islam in social media discourse produced by an apostate

Radzuwan Ab Rashid, Azweed Mohamad, Razali Musa, Shireena Basree Abdul Rahman, Saadiyah Darus, Kamariah Yunus, Kamarul Shukri Mat Teh

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Abstract

This paper examines the postings on Facebook Timeline which belongs to a female Muslim apostate. The main aim is to explore her views towards the religion in order to understand the reasons behind her apostasy. The Facebook Timeline was observed for two years (January 2016 to December 2017). More than 4,000 postings were made in the period of data collection. The thematic analysis of the postings reveals that Islam is perceived as discriminative, coercive, and imaginary. These negative views of Islam may be one of the contributing factors to her apostasy and the sharing of the views on the Timeline can be seen as an attempt to promote her ideology. In engaging readers with the postings, the apostate mainly used imagery, rhetorical questions, constructed dialogues and loaded words. This paper is novel in the sense that it puts forth the views of an apostate which is very scarce in the current literature. It is also methodologically innovative as it uses social media postings as a tool to explore the apostate's views of religion. This paper concludes that the Facebook Timeline has been strategically used by the apostate to promote her ideologies and beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538653647
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2018
Event4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018 - Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Duration: 25 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

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Other4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018
CountryIran, Islamic Republic of
CityTehran
Period25/4/1826/4/18

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Keywords

  • Apostasy
  • Facebook
  • ideology
  • Islam
  • Malaysia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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Rashid, R. A., Mohamad, A., Musa, R., Rahman, S. B. A., Darus, S., Yunus, K., & Teh, K. S. M. (2018). Representation of Islam in social media discourse produced by an apostate. In 2018 4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018 (pp. 1-5). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICWR.2018.8387229

Representation of Islam in social media discourse produced by an apostate. / Rashid, Radzuwan Ab; Mohamad, Azweed; Musa, Razali; Rahman, Shireena Basree Abdul; Darus, Saadiyah; Yunus, Kamariah; Teh, Kamarul Shukri Mat.

2018 4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. p. 1-5.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Rashid, RA, Mohamad, A, Musa, R, Rahman, SBA, Darus, S, Yunus, K & Teh, KSM 2018, Representation of Islam in social media discourse produced by an apostate. in 2018 4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 1-5, 4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 25/4/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICWR.2018.8387229
Rashid RA, Mohamad A, Musa R, Rahman SBA, Darus S, Yunus K et al. Representation of Islam in social media discourse produced by an apostate. In 2018 4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2018. p. 1-5 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICWR.2018.8387229
Rashid, Radzuwan Ab ; Mohamad, Azweed ; Musa, Razali ; Rahman, Shireena Basree Abdul ; Darus, Saadiyah ; Yunus, Kamariah ; Teh, Kamarul Shukri Mat. / Representation of Islam in social media discourse produced by an apostate. 2018 4th International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. pp. 1-5
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