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Politics of Desecularization
Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Date Published: March 2017
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  • isbn: 9781108110587

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  • The movement away from secularist practices and toward political Islam is a prominent trend across Muslim polities. Yet this shift remains under-theorized. Why do modern Muslim polities adopt policies that explicitly cater to religious sensibilities? How are these encoded in law and with what effects? Sadia Saeed addresses these questions through examining shifts in Pakistan's official state policies toward the rights of religious minorities, in particular the controversial Ahmadiyya community. Looking closely at the 'Ahmadi question', Saeed develops a framework for conceptualizing and explaining modern desecularization processes that emphasizes the critical role of nation-state formation, political majoritarianism, and struggles between 'secularist' and 'religious' ideologues in evolving political and legal fields. The book demonstrates that desecularization entails instituting new understandings of religion through processes and justifications that are quintessentially modern.

    • Develops a comparative framework for examining modern desecularization processes
    • Draws on extensive research on Pakistan to deepen our understanding of a key case
    • The interdisciplinary analysis offers insights relevant to sociology, history, and South Asian studies
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    Awards

    • Winner, 2016–17 AIPS Book Prize, American Institute of Pakistan Studies

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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108110587
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction. Rethinking desecularization
    1. Colonial genealogy of Muslim politics
    2. Democratic exclusions, authoritarian inclusions
    3. Politics of minoritization
    4. The nation-state and its heretics
    5. Courts and the minority question
    Conclusion. After secularization
    Appendix A. Text of Objectives Resolution, Preamble to the Constitution of Pakistan
    Appendix B. Text of Anti-Islamic Activities of the Qadiani Group, Lahore Group and Ahmadis (Prohibition and Punishment) Ordinance, 1984
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Sadia Saeed, University of San Francisco

    Awards

    • Winner, 2016–17 AIPS Book Prize, American Institute of Pakistan Studies

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