The controversy over a virtual Hajj for Muslims
- October 7, 2014
- Tom Boellstorff, anthropology professor, is quoted in Slate Oct. 7, 2014
“There are two different notions of what ‘sacredness’ means,” observes Tom Boellstorff, a digital media and Islam scholar at University of California, Irvine. Something can be sacred because it has been touched or created by the divine. Or, sacredness can come from feeling a connection that brings a worshipper closer to divinity, such as the recitation of a liturgy. Digital religious practice could give a sense of the latter to some, but not the former.
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