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Introduction:Secularism in Pakistan

in Secularizing Islamists?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226384689
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226384702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226384702.003.0001
Introduction:Secularism in Pakistan

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This book tries to disrupt the teleology that denies the possibility of secularism, with all its positive normative associations, in Pakistan, and also highlights the differences between the Jama'at-e-Islami and the Jama'at-ud-Da'wa. The important similarity between the two groups lies in the overlap in their constituency and the salience of political engagement in their rhetoric and practice. The book demonstrates the variety in religious practice and its effect on forcing a certain consciousness about the availability of different paths toward leading a pious life. Moreover, it emphasizes the implications of a close and continued multistranded entanglement between what is called the “West” and those labeled “Muslim societies.” The secular or the secularists are those who identify consciously with some version of the ideology and project of secularism. This Introduction provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.

Keywords: secularism; Pakistan; Jama'at-e-Islami; Jama'at-ud-Da'wa; West; Muslim societies

Chapter.  15678 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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