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“I am Satan!” black metal, Islam and blasphemy in Turkey and Saudi Arabia

Otterbeck, Jonas LU ; Mattsson, Douglas and Pastene, Orlando (2018) In Contemporary Islam 12(3). p.267-286
Abstract

During the last decade, black metal bands have recorded anti-Islamic music in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Black metal is renowned for being anti-authoritarian and especially against organized religion. As such, black metal music is a strong expression of protest against, and repudiation of, society, manifesting social pressure, and contrasting with the discursively normal. Using the results from two case studies – one on Turkey, the other on Saudi Arabia – this article argues that black metal expressions in the two countries must be perceived as subcultural expressions to the Islamic ideology of the respective states as well as the dominant culture in society at large. Further, we argue that a multimodal, semiotic reading of the bands’... (More)

During the last decade, black metal bands have recorded anti-Islamic music in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Black metal is renowned for being anti-authoritarian and especially against organized religion. As such, black metal music is a strong expression of protest against, and repudiation of, society, manifesting social pressure, and contrasting with the discursively normal. Using the results from two case studies – one on Turkey, the other on Saudi Arabia – this article argues that black metal expressions in the two countries must be perceived as subcultural expressions to the Islamic ideology of the respective states as well as the dominant culture in society at large. Further, we argue that a multimodal, semiotic reading of the bands’ musical expressions opens up a field for Islamic studies seldom approached before.

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Black metal, Blasphemy, Islam, Islamic studies, Saudia Arabia, Turkey
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Contemporary Islam
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12
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267 - 286
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Springer
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1872-0218
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10.1007/s11562-018-0418-x
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  author       = {Otterbeck, Jonas and Mattsson, Douglas and Pastene, Orlando},
  issn         = {1872-0218},
  keyword      = {Black metal,Blasphemy,Islam,Islamic studies,Saudia Arabia,Turkey},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {267--286},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Contemporary Islam},
  title        = {“I am Satan!” black metal, Islam and blasphemy in Turkey and Saudi Arabia},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11562-018-0418-x},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2018},
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