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Author Saeed, Sadia, author.

Title Politics of desecularization : law and the minority question in Pakistan / Sadia Saeed
Published New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Series Cambridge studies in social theory, religion and politics
Cambridge studies in social theory, religion, and politics.
Contents Introduction: Rethinking desecularization -- Colonial genealogy of Muslim politics -- Democratic exclusions, authoritarian inclusions -- Politics of minoritization -- The nation-state and its heretics -- Courts and the minority question -- Conclusion: After secularization
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Vendor-supplied metadata
Subject Religious minorities -- Pakistan
Religious law and legislation -- Pakistan
Ahmadiyya -- Pakistan
Secularization -- Pakistan
Islam and politics -- Pakistan
Islam and state -- Pakistan
Islam and state -- Pakistan -- History
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
Islam and politics
Islam and state
Religious law and legislation
Religious minorities
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108114660