Halal Sanitised: Health and Science in a Globalised Religious Market

  • Johan Fischer
Nøgleord: halal, London, Malays, Islam


This article examines the sanitisation of halal in the modern scientific world, that is, how Malays in London understand and practise halal as part of modern discourses of meat/stunning, health, nutrition, purity, food scares, science and excess. From being an Islamic injunction in the Koran and the Sunna, halal both evokes and is evoked by a whole range of discourses. In other words, this article captures how halal sits uneasily in and between a plethora of powerful scientific, religious and political discourses that often overlap.


Johan Fischer
Johan Fischer is Associate Professor at the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark. His work focuses on modern Islam and consumer culture in Southeast Asia and Europe. A central focus in Johan’s research is the theoretical and empirical focus on the proliferation of halal commodities on a global scale. He is presently working on a monograph with the provisional title On the Halal Frontier: A Global Religious Market in London that explores ways in which modern halal is formative of emerging Islamic identities; the fusion of religion and consumption; novel approaches to an anthropology of the state; and diasporic material culture as well as forms of capitalism in the new millennium.
Fischer, J. (2010). Halal Sanitised: Health and Science in a Globalised Religious Market. Tidsskrift for Islamforskning, 4(1), 24-47. https://doi.org/10.7146/tifo.v4i1.24585