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Popular Muslim Attitudes towards Violent Islamic Groups: The Case of Pakistan

C. Christine Fair and Clark B. Lombardi

in Religion and Human Security

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827732
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950553 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.003.0005
Popular Muslim Attitudes towards Violent Islamic Groups: The Case of Pakistan

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This chapter on Pakistan examines the phenomenon of public support for militant Islamic groups that promote violence in Pakistan's neighbors as well as in Pakistan itself. Since Pakistanis tend to self-identify as Muslims, the fact that Pakistanis support such groups might seem to support the hypothesis that religiosity coincides with an increase in violence as well as the toleration of violence. Parsing two large sets of polling data, the chapter questions such hypotheses. It finds considerable data to suggest that Pakistanis do not fully understand radical Islamic groups, nor do they understand the activities in which they engage. It suggests that current data does not support the claim that increased personal commitment to Islam has led the Pakistani public to support Islamic groups that engage in violence either within or outside of Pakistan.

Keywords: militant Islamic groups; Pakistanis; public support; Muslims; violence

Chapter.  9867 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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