Islamic Studies; the role of the ‘ulamā’ in contemporary Islam; popular religion; media and religion
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2009
Jacquelene Brinton received both her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a specialty in Islamic Studies, from the University of Virginia. Her forthcoming book, to be entitled 'Preaching Islamic Renewal: Religious Authority and the Media in Modern Egypt,' is currently in print with the University of California Press. Her main areas of interest within the discipline of Islamic Studies are: the role of the ‘ulamā’ in contemporary Islam, preaching, popular religion, and media and religion. Her research is focused on the role authoritative discourse plays in ensuring the continuity of religious traditions. Specifically, how television preaching has helped Egyptian ‘ulamā’ communicate religion as socially and historically relevant, and how technology aids this process. In her future research, Dr. Brinton plans to further examine the media transmission of religion, bringing together perspectives of production and reception. Dr. Brinton has published, or currently has articles forthcoming or under review, on the topics of: preaching and authority, visual piety and television preaching, and television reception and its effects on religious discourse.