Chapter

<i>Competition Among Allies</i>

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/9780226384702.003.0004
Competition Among Allies

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This chapter highlights the effect of competition among Islamist groups. A brief historical overview of the Jama'at-ud-Da'wa (JD)'s origins and political role is presented, concentrating on da'wa and shahadat (martyrdom). It is shown that da'wa shaped an important part of its activities, and members of JD would often show a quiet pride at “carrying out the task of prophets.” JD was actively promoting a direct link between the pious Muslim and Allah, and stressing the importance of a political stance. “Objectification” was one vital implication of the competition among Islamists. It was the process by which basic questions came to the fore in the consciousness of large numbers of believers. Given the multiple ways of being a good Muslim that are offered to them, there was an increased awareness of, and debate about, what religion means and how it should impact on everyday practice.

Keywords: competition; Jama'at-ud-Da'wa; da'wa; shahadat; Allah; objectification; Islamists; Muslim

Chapter.  13722 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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