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

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“I am Satan!” black metal, Islam and blasphemy in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. / Otterbeck, Jonas; Mattsson, Douglas; Pastene, Orlando.

In: Contemporary Islam, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2018, p. 267-286.

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Otterbeck, Jonas ; Mattsson, Douglas ; Pastene, Orlando. / “I am Satan!” black metal, Islam and blasphemy in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. In: Contemporary Islam. 2018 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 267-286.

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T1 - “I am Satan!” black metal, Islam and blasphemy in Turkey and Saudi Arabia

AU - Otterbeck, Jonas

AU - Mattsson, Douglas

AU - Pastene, Orlando

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Black metal

KW - Blasphemy

KW - Islam

KW - Islamic studies

KW - Saudia Arabia

KW - Turkey

U2 - 10.1007/s11562-018-0418-x

DO - 10.1007/s11562-018-0418-x

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85045938621

VL - 12

SP - 267

EP - 286

JO - Contemporary Islam

JF - Contemporary Islam

SN - 1872-0226

IS - 3

ER -