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

Humeira Iqtidar


This book provides an in-depth analysis of two Islamist parties in Pakistan: the highly influential Jama'at-e-Islami; and the more militant Jama'at-ud-Da'wa, widely blamed for the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. Basing findings on thirteen months of ethnographic work with the two parties in Lahore, it proposes that these Islamists are involuntarily facilitating secularization within Muslim societies, even as they vehemently oppose secularism. The book offers an account of the workings of both parties that challenges received ideas about the relationship between the ideology of ... More

Keywords: 2008 terrorist attack, Mumbai, India, secularism, secularization, Pakistani Islamism, Islamists, Lahore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226384689
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226384702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Humeira Iqtidar, author