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Secularizing Islamists?Jama'at-e-Islami and Jama'at-ud-Da'wa in Urban Pakistan$
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Humeira Iqtidar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226384689

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226384702.001.0001

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Competition Among Allies

Competition Among Allies

Jd And Ji in Urban Lahore

(p.98) Chapter Three Competition Among Allies
Secularizing Islamists?
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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

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