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Monday, September 11, 2006

Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives

My new book is released now:
Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives, Lenham, MD. Scarecrow Press, 2006. ISBN: 0810852578
Click here: WorldCat

Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives, as is implied by its name, explores worship (i.e., Prayer, Praise, Scripture, Sacrament, Rituals, Confessions, Eucharist, Rites, Pilgrimages, Reflection, Contemplation, etc.) on the Internet. It is not an "everything you need to know" guide about the subjects of faith and belief, religions-online, religions on the Net, or religions in cyberspace. Rather, it is a book about religious and spiritual experience under the rubric, cyber worship, which is the variety of ways religious devotion is performed and carried out on the Internet. The term 'Cyber Worship' is a catchall phrase, which includes variants such as online worship, virtual worship, electronic prayer, cyber puja, cyber synagogue, and so on. Dr. Mohamed Taher has thus assembled a quick reference for two groups: those communities that are involved in Cyber Worship and business Webs that collaborate in sustaining wired environments. As such, this book provides an interesting and current perspective on a practice that will continue to grow in the future.

The book has a number of research-based articles (full text, see chapter four), taxonomies, business resources, and more importantly, Web metrics and web analytics (see Appendices). A detailed list of contents (and cataloging info) is at Library of Congress

Contents (in brief)
1. Cyber Worship/Meditation Webwise: Noah, Abraham and Beyond
2. Cyber Worship as-is On the Web
3. Fast Track to Multifaith Resources for Cyber Worship: What's Hot
4. Navigating the Deep Sacred Space via Experiences of the Wise
5. Glossary: A Pathfinder for Future History

What Scholars Are Saying:
"Mohamed Taher's new book provides an indispensable guide for considering the resources of worship online, whatever the faith, wherever believers are located."—Bruce Lawrence, Duke University

"Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives is an important and significant contribution to the new field of scholarship examining the religious dimension of the Internet. By employing Webmetrics, Dr. Taher presents readers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date mapping of the religious websites available, providing essential information for those wishing to better understand how religion functions and flourishes on the WWW and also those interested in using this new medium for their own spiritual quest."—Christopher Helland, Dalhousie University

my previous publications

My previous posts in this area:
  • Who is Who: Multifaith Hall of Fame of the 21st century
  • Multifaith Stacks: Reading Between the Shelves
  • Multifaith Stacks: A New Book for the Information Professionals
  • Web Analytics Series no.2
  • Web Analytics Series no.1
  • Save the Time of the Godly: Information Mediators Role in Promoting Spiritual & Religious Accommodation
  • Cyber Worship - Look & Feel
  • New Media and Religious Information Seekers
  • Overseas Indians turn to Web for festival prayers

  • Cyber worship in Multifaith perspective - part1
  • Cyber worship in Multifaith perspective - part2
  • Cyber worship in Multifaith perspective - part3
  • Cyber worship in Multifaith perspective - part4

    Anonymous said...

    As salam aly kum
    Mubbark Sir...
    May ALLAH (SWT) accept your efforts. I just browsing..

    Probably I need to have a copy for reading..

    Talk to you then
    Haamed Pasha

    Anonymous said...

    Dear Taher sahab,

    Congrats on the new publication! Keep it up.

    Warmly, Nibir Ghosh

    Anonymous said...

    Congrats for your new book. I would certainly read it. The topic is exciting.

    My new book Library Management in Electronic Environment is likely to be released soon. wish you all the best.
    Prof. Krishan Kumar, Toronto

    Anonymous said...

    Hi Taher,

    Congratulations for your latest publication, "Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives."

    Anonymous said...

    Taher Bhai, it’s wonderful to hear about your new book.
    I intend to get a copy and read it.

    Yoonus A. Sait, Mississauga

    Anonymous said...

    Congratulations Taher!!
    It was a long wait but worth it in the end. I can't wait to get hold of it. It will be invaluable aid for the field. Keep up the good work!

    Anton Karl Kozlovic

    Anonymous said...

    We wish you the best of luck with your book. It sounds very
    interesting, and very important in these times.

    Joan Kirkman
    Iowa Public Radio

    Anonymous said...

    Assalam Alaikum
    Sorry, I missed looking at this e-mail, it is something, that I anticipated coming. I didn't know that it is here already. I have joked that now with Satellites, you can see Salat from Haram live and some people may pray along with them. Next step could be people with religious attachments in their home countries, Hindus, Sikhs, Orthodox etc. will join prayers performed in remote countries.

    Abdul Hai Patel

    Saty said...

    I thought I had already congratulated you on yr new book!This is but a small beginning in the long march ahead...With your prodigious talent and tireless spirit, we expect many more publications from you...And, to an inveterate blogger from a laidback Hyderabadi--mubarak
    basad Khuloos
    lots of love


    Anonymous said...

    My dear Dr Taher
    I am proud to see your list of publications and that too other than Library adn Inforamtion Science. Your broad perspectives in religious works are appreciable and please accept my congratulations on the release of the new book on Cyber Worship in Multifaith perspectives".
    Prof. B. Ramesh Babu
    University of Madras, Chennai

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