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Radical rhetoric-moderate behavior : perceptions of Islam, Shari'a, and the radical dimension in urban Pakistan

Author: David Hansen
Publisher: Trondheim, Norway : Tapir Academic Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a book intended for a wide audience including journalists, policy-makers, scholars, as well as students of political science, Islam, cultural anthropology, security studies, and South Asian studies. Its strength draws from the author's decade long research experience in Pakistan, substantial sets of empirical data gathered among respondents and informants in urban Punjab, a thorough review of theoretical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Hansen
ISBN: 9788251928618 8251928613
OCLC Number: 795177577
Description: xxiii, 460 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 25 cm
Contents: Islam and identity in Pakistan --
Contemporary urban Islam --
Towards an orthodox urban Sufism --
Political Islam in Pakistan --
Calling for Shari'a --
The rise and fall of Lal Masjid --
Radical Islam in Pakistan --
Culture of an adversarial otherness --
Extremism and terrorism in Pakistan --
Conclusions and implications --
Appendix: data collection in Pakistan.
Responsibility: David Hansen.

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This is a book intended for a wide audience including journalists, policy-makers, scholars, as well as students of political science, Islam, cultural anthropology, security studies, and South Asian studies. Its strength draws from the author's decade long research experience in Pakistan, substantial sets of empirical data gathered among respondents and informants in urban Punjab, a thorough review of theoretical contributions, and a careful analysis and presentation of data. Although the book centres on urban Punjab, it has relevance far beyond and may be useful for understanding contemporary Muslim societies in general as well as how Muslims globally think about issues relating to everyday Islam, political Islam, as well as the sensitive topic relating to an ever-increasing portrayal of Muslims as inherently dangerous.

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