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The study investigates the online debate sparked by the political instrumentalization of religious symbols by right-wing populist leaders, taking as a case study the campaign communication of Matteo Salvini—leader of the Italian “Lega” party—in the run-up to the 2018 and 2019 general and European elections. Against the backdrop of theories on populism, religious publicization and politicization in a social media context, the research analyzes over 2,000 Facebook posts referring to Salvini and religion by using a mixed computational and qualitative method including semi-automated frame analysis and correspondence analysis. Results show that right-wing populism is capable of successfully appropriating religious symbols and setting the agenda for religious topics on social media, even challenging the authority of traditional religious authorities on their own ground. By attacking the Church, defending the religious sentiment of the people, and opposing Christian identity to Islam, religion is effectively integrated into the populist worldview.

In: Journal of Religion in Europe
The present volume sets Swahili religious tracts available in Kenya and Tanzania in their context. The book starts with an overview of tracts in Swahili from the 19th century to the present day, an examination of Swahili as a religious language, and an introduction to Swahili versions of the Bible and Qurʾān. Chesworth then introduces the range of tracts currently available, examining eight in detail. In particular he considers how they present scripture in order to promote their own faith, Islam or Christianity, whilst denigrating the ‘other’. Finally, the volume discusses the impact from modern media on these tracts.
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts
In: Mixed Messages: Using the Bible and Qur'ān in Swahili Tracts