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Secularizing Islamists?: Jama'at-e-Islami and Jama'at-ud-Da'wa in Urban Pakistan
An interesting example of indirect but far-reaching Muslim influ- ence in Europe is provided by Salvatore when he points out that while Spinoza’s writings provided an elegant and cogent justification
Conspiracy Theory as Political Imaginary: Blackwater in Pakistan
How may one theorise conspiracy theories? The last decade has seen a mushrooming of academic interest in conspiracy theories, perhaps in response to the increased role of conspiratorial thinking in
State management of religion in Pakistan and dilemmas of citizenship
This paper looks at the paradoxical creation of a Muslim minority by the Pakistani state to cast a light on the processes of secularism, citizenship and minoritization. The paper argues that contrary
Redefining ‘tradition’ in political thought
Debates about preserving, modifying and applying sharia (Islamic normative guidelines) through principles of taqlid (to follow) or ijtihad (to carry out independent interpretation) are immensely
Pakistan elections - I
Secularism Beyond the State: the ‘State’ and the ‘Market’ in Islamist Imagination
  • H. Iqtidar
  • Political Science
    Modern Asian Studies
  • 11 April 2011
Abstract This paper will build on my ethnographic engagement with the Jamaat-e-Islami to explore aspects of a shift in Islamist practice and imagination from the ‘state’ as the inspiration for
Theorizing Popular Sovereignty in the Colony: Abul Aʿla Maududi's “Theodemocracy”
  • H. Iqtidar
  • Political Science
    The Review of Politics
  • 2020
Abstract Abul Aʿla Maududi (1903–1979), the influential Indo-Pakistani Islamist thinker, proposed a detailed vision of what he called “theodemocracy.” This has been seen widely as a theocracy despite
How Long Is Life? Neoliberalism and Islamic Piety
“My brother thinks counting his sins . . . turning his back on politics is what Islam is all about. . . . It is certainly an easier route to salvation!”Abdul Basit said slightly sarcastically as his
Jizya against Nationalism: Abul A‘la Maududi’s Attempt at Decolonizing Political Theory
  • H. Iqtidar
  • Political Science
    The Journal of Politics
  • 29 July 2020
Abul A‘la Maududi (1903–79), the influential Indo-Pakistani Islamist thinker and founder of Jama‘at-e-Islami, was deeply concerned with the dominance of European political ideas on Muslim thought.